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Friday, 5 June 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (BRUCE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - Later today I shall be introducing a Bill to extend the provisions of the Stevedoring Industry (Temporary

Provisions) Act. I will then be explaining in rather more detail that the members of the staff of the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority need not fear that they will be affected. On the contrary, I see no reason why there should in the short term be any retrenchments. Over the longer term the functions of ASIA will diminish further and it is therefore necessary to have discussions with the union of which the clerks are members. I have invited the federal secretary of their union, Mr Riordan, to discuss with me and my officers what measures should be adopted in order to make sure that any diminution in the responsibilities of the organisation and any consequent diminution in the staff should be effected without causing any difficulty for the members of the staff themselves.

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