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Mr Keating should do the magnanimous thing at Easter Time



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John Howard

NEWS RELEASE Member for BennelongShadow Minister for Industrial Relations & Manager of Opposition Business in the House IR 012/94

MR KEATING SHOULD DO TUE MAGNANIMOUS THING AT EASTER TIME

The Prime Minister should do the right and generous thing and direct his department to re-employ the three women who have been summarily dismissed from his service this year.

It would be a magnanimous gesture from the Prime Minister at Easter Time.

Reinstatement would receive unanimous approval of women who have witnessed his treatment of his former fine arts adviser, Mrs Betteridge, and his two former housekeepers, Mrs Bridget Mullin and Mrs Gail Gray, with horror.

Reinstatement would be consistent with the stringent unfair dismissal provisions of the Industrial Relations Reform Act which became operative yesterday.

Were the dismissals to be repeated today the Prime Minister's Department would be liable to be called before the Industrial Relations Court of Australia and ordered to reinstate the

women and pay them compensation.

For that reason alone reinstatement should be loudly applauded by the trade unions and Labor Members and Senators who voted for the Act, even though they have done nothing to defend the rights of the three women.

Reinstatement also would demonstrate to all other employers, especially small business employers who are caught by the Act, that the Labor Government does not intend to have one standard for its Prime Minister and another standard for everyone else.

SYDNEY COMMONWEALTH

31 March 1994 PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

MICAH