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Media statement by Peter Shack MP shadow minister for employment and industrial relations



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MEDIA STATEMENT BY PETER SHACK MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

THE PRIME MINISTER'S APPEAL TO INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION CONVENTIONS

"ILO Conventions are irrelevent to the Queensland Industrial situation, and it is pointless for the Prime Minister to invoke them", Peter Shack, Opposition Spokesman on Employment and Industrial Relations, said today.

Mr Shack said that most Australians had never heard of the ILO and would not regard the proclamations of a far-off international organisation as relevant to Australian industrial relations.

"The Government is in a double bind over the Queensland situation. On the one hand, the Prime Minister is acutely aware of the Queensland community's support for the Premier's fearless handling of the militant Electrical Trades Union. On the other, he is facing enormous pressure from the ALP's Union . power base to take on the Premier."

Mr Shack said that resorting to irrelevant ILO Conventions is a step which most Australians will see through. The Prime Minister obviously was trying to buy time before having to take a firm position on Union accountability to consumers over the

delivery of essential services.

"Sooner or later, the Prime Minister will be forced to declare himself in support of the public interest, or in support of wilful union action which ignores the plight of citizens who suffer when essential services are abruptly cut off."

Contact: Chris Wallace 02 3375164

14 April 1985