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89/393 CANBERRA 4 September, 1989

A. AUSTRALIA,,^

THE SENATE

DEMOCRATS CALL FOR PILOT SUMMIT MEETING

The Australian Democrats today called for a summit meeting of Government, employers, pilots and representatives of the tourist industry to attempt to solve the pilots' dispute which is crippling the country.

Senator Paul McLean, the Democrats' Spokesperson on Industrial Relations, said that if the dispute was to be settled quickly, all parties must be brought to one table to discuss the problems involved and how they can best be resolved as quickly as possible.

"Conflict resolution involves, first and foremost, discussion," Senator McLean said. "The Democrats believe the first step in resolving this dispute is for everyone involved to sit together and discuss it. Threats and vitriol from both sides get us nowhere. Gaoling any of the

parties involved will get us nowhere.

"We believe the best and fastest way of solving this dispute is for representatives of all those involved to sit down together and discuss their problems along the lines of the model used by the Conflict Resolution Network.

"Discussion must begin immediately," Senator McLean concluded. "Many, many small businesses have already been affected to such an extent that they will probably be bankrupt, and our tourism industry - our biggest export earner - has suffered irreparable damage. Unless the dispute is solved very soon, the effect on our economy will be felt for years."

FURTHER INFORMATION: Senator Paul McLean (062) 773450

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