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PRESS RELEASE

CUSTOMS DELAY HOTLINE SERVICE

The Federal Opposition has established a Hotline in an attempt to gauge the full effect of Public Service work bans.

The Shadow Ministers for Industry, Technology and Commerce, and Small Business and Administrative Services, Senator the Hon Fred Chaney, and Wilson Tuckey MP, said today that their Offices had received many calls and complaints about holdups and delays of goods which, in many cases, are the

lifeblood of small and large businesses.

"But we believe that we are probably aware of only the tip of the iceberg, and we are establishing this hotline so that we can get a more accurate picture of the situation."

The Shadow Ministers today expressed their concern as to the magnitude of the effect on the public of these delays to the movement of goods from our wharves and airports, as a result of the Public Servants' refusal to collect duty.

"Some employers are confronted with standing down their staff, and all agree that the trade loss would not be recovered," the Shadow Ministers said.

"We have, therefore, decided to invite persons affected to telephone or telex us with information relating to their own problems, so we may have the most complete view of the extent of the problem, to confront the Government with the true

effect of their kid glove approach to the Unions who have created this serious and harmful attack on the community through the economy," the Shadow Ministers concluded.

Please contact our office through the following telephone and telex hotlines: 09 3254425 and 3254193, or 062 727522, TX AA 93221 or AA 62659

Further information: Contact Norm Haywood 062 727522

20 February 1985