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Notice given 6 August 2001

976  Senator Tierney: To move—That the Senate—

(a) notes that during a visit to Newcastle by the Minister for Defence (Mr Reith) union protesters caused thousands of dollars in damage to a Commonwealth car and also caused damage to other vehicles, including a car belonging to a private citizen;

(b) condemns this behaviour by protesters on a day when community and business leaders in the area were trying to promote the Hunter Valley for future investment opportunities;

(c) further condemns the use of violence by union thugs, with no regard to the safety of vehicle passengers or the protestors themselves, and which may deter new business from setting up in the Hunter Valley; and

(d) calls on unions and their members to sanction against violent protests and to work in a positive and cooperative manner with all levels of government and the community to create employment opportunities in the Hunter Valley.