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Tuesday, 14 May 1985
Page: 1870

Senator DURACK —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Attorney-General. The Minister will recall telling the Senate on 18 April this year that the Government was not considering using the external affairs power of the Constitution to intervene in the Queensland industrial dispute. Now that the Government has announced its intention to legislate, in an apparent attempt to bring this dispute under the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, will he confirm that this legislation will not rely on the external affairs power? Will he say whether it will seek to use the corporations power of the Constitution or will it be based on the industrial power, or both?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have nothing to add to my earlier answer or to the statement that was made by Mr Willis yesterday, as to the Government's likely course of action in this matter. Whatever action is taken will be the subject of a further statement in due course by the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations.