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Oldest game in the world on Melbourne's docklands



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JULIAN BEALE, M.H.R. Shadow Minister for Employment Training & Youth Affairs

M E D IA R E L E A S E

OLDEST GAME IN THE WORLD ON MELBOURNE'S DOCKLANDS

The oldest game in the world is being played on Melbourne's docklands - and it is not two-up. The Federal Member for Deakin, and Shadow Minister for Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, Julian Beale, said today.

Prostitutes have been working the long lines of trucks which que on most days outside Melbourne's container wharves.

Hundreds of trucks are often lined up and kept stationery for hours.

This absurdly inefficient transport arrangement has provided a new market for prostitutes and pimps.

The long lines of trucks are easily visible to anyone driving over the Westgate Bridge.

The Federal Government's Waterside Industry Reform Authority has completely failed to deal with the problem of these huge trucking ques.

The hold up of containers involved in this ludicrous system reduces employment opportunities across a wide range of industries.

Many of these trucks are worth $250,000 and more and they are often kept waiting for the best part of a day.

The annual cost to the Australian and Victorian economies is tens of millions of dollars.

Trucks are usually sent to pick up one or two specific containers and they wait their turn for these to become available.

It would be much simpler to use trucks on a free-lance basis to pick up cargo as it comes off the ship.

The Australian economy and our transport systems are riddled with such inefficient work practices.

November 1989

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