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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 1778


Senator MURPHY - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. I refer to the dispute in the Sydney newspaper industry which, if not settled, is to spread to Canberra tonight and perhaps to other parts of the Commonwealth, and is certainly an impending dispute extending beyond the limits of any one State and therefore within the contemplation of the Federal jurisdiction. I ask the Minister: What are the Federal conciliation authorities doing to reinforce the attempts by Mr Justice Cahill of the New South Wales Industrial Commission to settle the dispute, which attempts by him have been specifically rejected by the newspaper proprietors?


Senator WRIGHT - I am grateful to the Leader of the Opposition for having brought under notice the impending extension of this dispute to the Australian Capital Territory. He will know that I have adopted a resolute attitude of refusing to bring matters that are the subject of conciliation procedures under debate in the Senate. I am grateful to him for his reference, but I am not informed as to the steps being taken by industrial conciliators. If I get the information during the day, I will let the honourable senator have it by letter.







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