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Friday, 25 September 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

Did any discussion take place at the recent Conference between the Commonwealth, the Aus

Employers . Policy Committee as to (a) defining what shall constitute a bona fide safety issue and (b) the determination of a code of minimum safety standards for the prevention of industrial accident and disease.


Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I would draw the attention of the honourable member to the answer to question No. 1000.

Arbitration: Sanctions (Question No. 1088)


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for

Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Did the President of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in his 1969 Annual Report state that although be bad given deep and considered thought concerning the policy of the legislation in regardto sanctions, he had decided not to express his view on the matter unless invited to do so.

(2)   Has he seen fit to invite the President to give his views on the matter.

(3)   If so, will he inform the Parliament of the views conveyed to him by the Honourable Sir Richard Kirby.


Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   In his Thirteenth Annual Report (for the year ended 13th August, 1969) the President of the Commonwealth Concilaition and Arbitration Commission said:

On the other band factors of our own have an obvious effect on our industrial relationships and the incidence of strikes. One is the almost ideological disputation about the so-called penal sections of the Act. Although it is an industrial subject, it is also a political one and it is very difficult to divorce the industrial from the political content. Whether, in the ultimate, the question of statutory sanctions should be regarded as a political rather than an industrial relations question takes a lot of deciding for each person concerned, but in the events which have occurred in my area, it has been handled politically, and those who have thus bandied it would certainly havehad regard to the industrial consequences of any political solution. Nevertheless whilst the matter was being bandied politically, an application came . before a single member of the Commission, which I directed should be dealt withbyafullbench.Thedecisionofthis full bench followed a normalhearing and was reached on the submissions made in the Court room and not outside it The good thing about all this was that the Commission demonstrated it could go ahead with its procedures in the normal way without any suggestion of it or any of its members becoming involved in party politics, even though feeling was running hot in - the political area. I have given a great deal of thought to whether or not I should, pursuant to section 70, give any indication of what I think the policy of the legislation should be in regard to sanctions. I have come to the conclusion particularly having regard to what I have mentioned, that, unless invited, I should at least on this occasion leave this entirely tothe Parliament, without expressing opinions one way or the other'.

(2)   and (3) As a matter of principle, if ( had had any discussion with the President on this matter, 1 would not disclose the terms of it publicly.

Social Workers (Question No. 1648)


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Where and in what numbers does this Department employ qualified social workers.

(2)   Is the number adequate; if not in which areas is there a deficiency.


Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(I)   and (2) Two; one in New South Wales and one in Victoria. Social work and related disciplines in the Department are currently under review.







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