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Thursday, 18 April 1985
Page: 1208

Senator MacGIBBON —My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer the Minister to the fact that mail will be delayed by the union blockade against Queensland and reports that Telecom Australia employees are considering cutting off television and computer links with that State. Are employees of Commonwealth departments or instrumentalities involved or likely to become involved in this illegal blockade action? What action will the Government take against any such employees who participate in this disgraceful attack on the rights of the people of Queensland?

Senator BUTTON —Senator MacGibbon, not surprisingly, dredges the newspapers for reports of possible things which might happen. Of course, that is a freedom which he has and which is available to us all. The conclusion which he draws from those things is not necessarily correct. I believe that no employees of the Commonwealth are involved under the umbrella, as it were, of particular rumours and alleged threats which have been made. If there are, that issue will be addressed by the Government at the appropriate time.