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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr McMAHON (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The " Oceanic Grandeur " has been held up in Moreton Bay by the tugboat employees' organisation. I am not certain whether members of that organisation are members of the Australian Seamen's Union. The alleged ground for the hold up is that a verbal agreement between the Ampol company and the tugboat employees has not been observed. In order to prevent this hold up continuing we have been in close consultation with our colleagues in Queensland. I have ascertained that the tugboat employees' organisation is not here operating under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act but comes within the jurisdiction of the Queensland Industrial Commission. The Queensland authorities have informed my Department today that the matter will immediately come before Mr. Commissioner Harvey. It is hoped that very shortly he will bc able to call the parties together with a view to resolving the dispute quickly.

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