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4ϊχ AUSTRALIA,,/!-' ' S S /

NEWS RELEASE

18/77 - EMBARGO 1 PM - FRIDAY, 4/3/77.·'

FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.R

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• A1MF&S TO JAPAN f.HAHBER OF COMflFRCE.ft INDUSTRY*. SYDNEY

"iRENDSrHAVE BEEN DEVELOPING OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS WHICH,

IF THEY REMAIN UNCHECKED, COULD ULTIMATELY HAVE A PROFOUND

EFFECT ON TRADE BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND JAPAN, " :

Mr St r e e t , w h o w a s a d d r e s s i n g a . s p e c i a l l u n c h e o n c o n d u c t e d

b y t h e Ja p a n Ch a m b e r of Co m m e r c e a n d In d u s t r y in Sy d n e y , vjas

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REFERRING TO THE VARIOUS INDUSTRIAL CAMPAIGNS CONDUCTED

BY UNIONS WHICH HAVE APPEARED TO BE DIRECTED AT TRADE BETWEEN

THE TWO. COUNTRIES»^: . .... .. . ... -

"Au s t r a l i a n s t r a d e w i t h Ja p a n is v i t a l t o b o t h c o u n t r i e s a n d

HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN '

Au s t r a l i a 's e x p a n s i o n o v e r t h e l a s t 30 y e a r s , Th e s i m p l e * ’

f a c t s a r e t h a t Ja p a n is Au s t r a l i a 's l a r g e s t t r a d i n g p a r t n e r

a n d in t u r n Au s t r a l i a is f o u r t h a m o n g Ja p a n 's t r a d i n g p a r t n e r s *

In MONETARY TERMS, THE VALUE OF THE TWO-WAY TRADE HAS ‘

INCREASED FROM $250 MILLION -TWENTY YEARS AGO. TO ALMOST $5siLL10N

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR. WHEN THIS IS CONSIDERED, IT

BECOMES A MATTER OF SERIOUS CONCERN FOR RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE IN

BOTH COUNTRIES WHEN DIFFICULTIES ARISE THAT COULD SERIOUSLY ’

INTERFERE WITH THAT TRADE RELATIONSHIP. ΪΝ PARTICULAR THE ■ - ·

Go v e r n m e n t is . f i r m l y of t h e v i e w t h a t i t s h o u l d n o t

BE JEOPARDISED- BY THE ACTIONS OF A RELATIVELY FEW PEOPLE. a? in Au s t r a l i a 's w o r k f o r c e , . ' -

" A n ACCUMULATION OF STOPPAGES B R O U G H T ^ H E X O ^ I N S M N D U S T R Y ,

■-/ TO A STANDSTILL IN ΤΠέ EAST COAST PORTS IN \jUNEj? \IULY AND

A u g u s t , s e e m i n g l y w i t h o u t a n y r e g a r d f o r t h e d a m a g e t h a t *

THEY WERE CAUSING/OR FOR THE JOBS OF FELLOW WORKERS

THAT MIGHT BE PLACED IN JEOPARD, AND THESEx UNIONS PROCEEDED

.TO'UNDERTAKE, IN TURN, INDIVIDUAL STRIKE ACTION AGAINST ' ■ * v ' /

,·*. THEIR EMPLOYERS.: -. · · > - * . , · · . .

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; ? "-1ANY /VSUPPLIER FOUND THAT NO SOONER WERE GOODS FREED FROM _v - . ' ■ · ·

ONE BAN, THAN A SECOND OR A THIRD EFFECTIVELY STOPPED HIM ' _ . _ j ■ - ■ ■ _ . ■

RECEIVING OR DESPATCHING HIS CARGOES» IT MUST HAVE BEEN - - v i - . · · ’

LITTLE COMFORT TO TELL A LOCAL OR AN OVERSEAS CLIENT THAT : ; . ■ . . . . ' '

THE CONTAINER STOPPAGE WAS RESOLVED, BUT THAT A FURTHER · ■

DISPUTE HAD NOW ARISEN AND HE STILL COULDN'T GET ACCESS TO : . • - T .· ■ "·«'

V GOODS FOR WHICH HE-HAD ALREADY PAID, It MUST ALSO-HAVE BEEN v v

' LI TTLE COMFORT TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO WERE STOOD DOWN OR -

LOST THEIR JOBS AS A RESULT OF THE LACK OF DELIVERY OF

^ MATERIAL OR GOODSi"; -

I T IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO EMPHASISE THAT THESE DISPUTES ,

HAD>HEIR ORIGINS IN INTERNAL INDUSTRY DIFFICULTIES

AND WERE NOT DIRECTED AT ANY SPECIFIC FOREIGN COUNTRY,

A l l o f o u r t r a d i n g , p a r t n e r s w e r e a f f e c t e d in

PROPORTION TO THEIR SIGNIFICANCE IN TERMS OF TRADE IN THE

PARTICULAR COMMODITY INVOLVED, JAPAN'S POSITION AS A

PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNER MEANT THAT IT BORE THE 'BRUNT OF^'^fS

EPIDEMIC IN 1976, .

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" F i n a l l y, I w o u l d l i k e t o e m p h a s i s e t h a w h e r ^ W ^

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A'u s t r a l i a -Ja p a n c o n s u l t a t i o n s a t t h e h i g h e s t Le v e l

YEARS, wHiij

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m m . ._...·-ν^α "You ARE ALL AWARE OF COURSE OF THE BASIC TREATY OF Fr II

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• Γ r-F ' · ' ι · .

Ja p a n , In t h i s c o n t e x t , c o n s u l t a t i o n b e t w e e n 'A ustral ! '

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^^3577 m e e t i n g o f t h e Au s t r a l i a -Ja p a n M i n i s t e r i a l Οο μ μ ΪΥτ ι ^ ^ ^ ^ Κ Ι * ' * * ■ " · · · * ~ ’ ' · « ■ * ' . ί ; Λ-*

THE RECENT INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS SITUATION WAS ACCORDED

HIGH PRIORITY IN THE TALKS.

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'I MOULD HOPE .THAT CONSULTATION BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIESjgj j a a a l i

CAN BE DEVELOPED AND EXPANDED SO WE CAN ALL

APPRECIATION OF OUR RESPECTIVE ASPIRATIONS AND

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4 Ma r c h 1977

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