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Wednesday, 17 April 1985
Page: 1105


Senator JONES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate notes with alarm the industrial relations situation in Queensland, and condemns the Government of that State for-

(a) Refusing a reasoned request from the Prime Minister for meaningful talks in a sincere bid to resolve the long-running Queensland power dispute.

(b) Deliberately attacking the fabric of the trade union movement, and the State Industrial Commission, with a series of hastily-debated legislative moves.

(c) Prolonging the hardship of the families of more than 800 sacked former employees of the South East Queensland Electricity Board who have now been out of work for two months.

(d) Deliberately prolonging industrial disputation to draw attention away from Queensland's flagging economy and soaring unemployment rate.