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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

MEDIA RELEASE - 6TH MARCH, 1985

STATEMENT BY THE FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY, MR. PETER SHACK

UNEMPLOYED SHOULD BE HEARD

T h e F e d e r a l M e m b e r f o r T a n g n e y , M r . P e t e r S h a c k , s a i d i n F e d e r a l

P a r l i a m e n t l a s t w e e k t h a t t h e m y t h o f t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s s p e c i a l

r e l a t i o n s h i p w i t h t h e t r a d e uni on movement i s no l o n g e r p l a u s i b l e .

T h e G o v e r n m e n t has t r i e d t o s e l l t h e wag es a c c o r d as a d o c u m e n t o f

e q u i t y and s o c i a l j u s t i c e but Mr . Shack b e l i e v e s t h a t i t s t r u e n a t u r e ,

i t s s h a l l o w n e s s and i t s e mp t i n e s s a r e b e i n g r e l e n t l e s s l y e x p os e d.

" A f t e r a l l , " he s a i d , " t h e G o v e r n m e n t ' s s e c o n d t e r m , whi ch i s b a r e l y

t h r e e months o l d , has a l r e a d y seen many i n d u s t r i a l d i s p u t e s s u c h as t h e

P u b l i c S e r v i c e d i s p u t e , t h e c o n t i n u i n g B u i l d e r s L a b o u r e r s F e d e r a t i o n

f i a s c o , t h e A u s t r a l i a n F e d e r a t e d Uni on o f L o c o mo t i v e Engi nemen s t r i k e i n t h e Hu n t er V a l l e y , t o name j u s t a f e w . "

M r . Sh a c k s a i d t h a t t h e s e a r e j u s t some o f t h e m a j o r d i s p u t e s c u r r e n t l y

b e d e v i l l i n g A u s t r a l i a and a f f e c t i n g t h e p e o p l e o f T a n g n e y , a nd t h e

n a t i o n as a w h o l e .

" T h e s e d i s p u t e s a r e p r o m i n e n t s u r f a c e e x p r e s s i o n s o f a g e n e r a l u n r e s t

w h i c h i s b e g i n n i n g t o be r e f l e c t e d i n t h e A u s t r a l i a n B u r e a u o f

S t a t i s t i c s f i g u r e s on i n d u s t r i a l d i s p u t a t i o n . The f i g u r e s f o r s t r i k e s

i n 1984 show a marked i n c r e a s e o v e r t h o s e f o r 1 9 8 3 , and 1985 ha s a l r e a d y

had a b i g boos t f r o m t h e d i s p u t e s I have r e f e r r e d t o , " he a d d e d .

M r . Sh a c k b e l i e v e s i t i s i m p e r a t i v e t h a t we g e t our i n d u s t r i a l r e l a t i o n s

syst em r i g h t .

" I f we d o n ' t s o r t t h e s yst em o u t , " he s a i d , "we a r e c o n s i g n i n g o u r s e l v e s

and o u r c h i l d r e n t o m e d i o c r i t y , g e n e r a l i m p o v e r i s h m e n t and m a s s i v e

s o c i a l d e c l i n e . "

M r . S hac k d e s c r i b e d t h e Go v e r n me n t ' s wages a c c o r d as a s h a l l o w and empt y document w r i t t e n and n e g o t i a t e d by t h e e m p l o y e d f o r t h e b e n e f i t o f t h e

empl oyed.

" I t i s a d o c u m e n t w h i c h c u t s o u t t h e u n e mp l o ye d . I t s h u t s t hem o u t o f

t h e economy, whi ch e x p l o i t s t h e i r l a c k o f o r g a n i s a t i o n and c o n s e q u e n t l y

t h e i r v o i c e l e s s n e s s . "

" I f t h e r e i s o n e t h i n g t h a t I wi sh t o do as t h e Member f o r T a n g n e y , and

t h e O p p o s i t i o n Spok es man on E m p l o y m e n t and I n d u s t r i a l R e l a t i o n s , " he

s a i d , " i t i s t o c o m m u n i c a t e and a r t i c u l a t e t h e i n t e r e s t s o f unempl oyed

A u s t r a l i a n s - young, o l d , m i d d l e aged, s k i l l e d , u n s k i l l e d , m i g r a n t and

i n d i g e n o u s . "

" I w i l l be s e e k i n g t o i n c o r p o r a t e t h e i r v i e w s and t h e i r v o i c e i n t o a

d i s c o u r s e whi ch unde r t h i s Gover nment has been t h e s o l e p r e s e r v e o f t h e

a l r e a d y e m p l o y e d , " he c o n c l u d e d .