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Wednesday, 10 November 1976

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - This, of course, is a very important and sensitive problem. What the honourable member for Farrer said with regard to court proceedings is perfectly true. An injunction has been issued. I do not want to say anything here, or anywhere else for that matter, that will aggravate this position because one would hope that sufficient common sense would be displayed and that we could solve this matter rather than inflame it into something of greater proportions.

Let me say that I deplore the action of members of the Australian Postal and Telecommunications Union. I would expect them to have regard to the decisions of the court. I would hope that senior office bearers of that union could bring their influence to bear for the exercise of common sense. It is quite improper for people to use their power to single out one particular enterprise in Australia simply because they want to help another union that is in dispute with that enterprise.

I would like the House to know that, despite the fact that I have not made a number of public statements, I have been keeping in close touch with the Australian Postal Commission, with the company concerned and with my colleague, the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Mr Street. There is to be another meeting tomorrow morning. I would hope that common sense will prevail. There is, of course, a limit to anyone's patience.

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