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Senate Committee on pilots' dispute



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MEDIA RELEASESENATOR FRED CHANEY DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS 113/89

SENATE COMMITTEE ON PILOTS' DISPUTE

The Senate today established a Select Committee to inquire into important aspects of the devastating pilots' dispute.

This follows the failure of last week's recall of one of the Senate Estimates Committees to adequately investigate serious concerns which have been raised about the maintenance of safety standards.

The effectiveness of the Estimates Committee hearing, to which we agreed in lieu of pursuing an earlier motion of mine for the appointment of a Select Committee, was undermined by the conduct of some of its government members.

Their tactics made a farce of that process.

The Hansard record of the Committee proceedings became available only yesterday and having studied it overnight the Opposition decided it had no option but to proceed with a formal Senate inquiry.

Agreement was reached with the Democrats on a slightly broader inquiry than the one we originally proposed. Apart from air safety implications, this Committee will also look at the horrendous economic impact of the dispute and the

legality of the Government's selective subsidy arrangements.

A copy of the terms of reference is attached.

CANBERRA 17 October 1989 Contact: Keith Kessell (062) 77 3170

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AT GIVING OF NOTICES

Senator Chaney:

I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

(1) That, a select committee be appointed, to be known as the Senate Select Committee on Certain Aspects of the Airline Pilots' Dispute, to inquire into and report, not later than the last sitting day of November 1989,

on:

(a) the nature, extent and legality of all changes to training, licensing, administration, employment and other organisational and operational practices during the pilots' dispute relevant to the

operation of airline services in Australia;

(b) the extent to which air safety may have been

affected by any such changes;

(c) the nature, extent and legality of the

compensation arrangements entered into by the Government and the airlines;

(d) the economic implications of the dispute.

(2) That the provisions relating to the powers and

membership of the Committee be contained in a

subsequent resolution.