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Tuesday, 27 October 1964

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address the following questions to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service: Did the last annual report of the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority show that the loss of man hours as a result of unauthorised stoppages on the part of waterside workers was equal to 1.6 per cent, of the man hours worked and that this was the third smallest annual loss on record, being only one half of the loss of the previous year? Does the report disclose that during the year delays in the performance of stevedoring operations due to the actions of the registered employers or to non-compliance by them with the Stevedoring Industry Act, with orders under the Act or with orders of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, were the highest recorded, with a total loss of 3,611 man hours? Does the report show an increase over the previous year of vessels attempting to work cargo with gear that does not conform to the Navigation (Safety Measures) Regulations? Does the report disclose that despite the action of employers in disregarding safety, and despite non-compliance with the law, 18 per cent, more cargo was handled than in the previous year, with an increase of only 11.7 per cent, in man hours worked? Will the Minister have inquiries made to ascertain whether some subversive influence is operating amongst the employers, resulting in lack of safety precautions for the waterside workers and in delaying the quick turn round of ships which is so essential for overseas trade?

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