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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
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Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to statements on Western Australian television programs that a state of industrial anarchy exists; if so, are these statements correct.

(2)   What is the industrial disputes record in Western Australia for each of the 15 calendar years prior to 1973.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   I have been informed that the Leader of the Opposition in the Western Australian Parliament, Sir Charles Court, made a statement on 6 November 1973 on a television program, that a state of industrial anarchy exists in Western Australia. I do not believe that this statement is correct. It is not borne out by the latest statistics of industrial disputes for the month of August 1973, which show that the total of working days lost in Western Australia over the period January to August, at 78,300, is lower than the total for the same period in 1972, at 81,600.

(2)   The industrial disputes record in Western Australia for each of the15 calendar years prior to 1973 is shown in the following table:

 

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