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Friday, 10 May 1985
Page: 1760


Senator CHILDS —Can the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation confirm reports that air services to Queensland will be affected due to various bans being imposed as part of the blockade of Queensland by the Australian Council of Trade Unions in protest against the dismissal of 1,000 South East Queensland Electricity Board linesmen by the Bjelke-Petersen Government?


Senator RYAN —The ACTU indicated, during the afternoon of 7 May 1985, that its affiliates would implement the following bans as part of a continuing campaign against the Queensland Government's industrial legislation: A 24-hour ban on domestic and international passenger flights to and from Queensland from 0001 to 2359 hours on Friday, 10 May and Friday, 17 May 1985; and a 48-hour ban on air cargo into and out of Queensland from 0001 hours on 9 May to 2359 hours on 10 May 1985. The Transport Workers Union of Australia has also announced a ban on the loading and unloading of all goods moving by rail and road into and out of Queensland at the same times.

I have been informed that both Trans Australia Airlines and Ansett Airlines of Australia have been advised by unions representing their flight attendants and licensed engineers that their members will not provide services to aircraft operating into or out of Queensland on Friday, 10 May. Both airlines have cancelled services to and from Queensland on that day. I also understand that Qantas Airways Ltd and other international airlines will recognise the bans by overflying Queensland for the 24 hours concerned. The Department has been advised by the Professional Radio and Electronics Institute of Australasia, which covers flight service officers, that its members will not be taking any industrial action. However, flight service officers briefing pilots proposing to fly to Queensland will be asked to advise those pilots that ground services may not be available at their destination because of industrial action being taken by other unions. The Civil Air Operations Officers Association of Australia, which covers air traffic controllers, has also advised that its members will not be taking any industrial action.


Senator Chaney —Mr President, I ask the Minister to table the paper from which she has quoted. I am sure that there would be an interest in it.


The PRESIDENT —The Minister has tabled the paper.