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Appointment of chairman of the stevedoring industry consultative council



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NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

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APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN OF THE STEVEDORING INDUSTRY CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL

The Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, the Hon Tony Street MP, today announced that Sir Alan Westerman, CBE had accepted his invitation to chair the Stevedoring Industry Consultative Council, which is being established as an integral part of the new arrangements for the stevedoring industry.

"Sir Alan, who is also the Chairman of the Australian Industry Development Corporation and a former head of the Department of Trade w ill", Mr Street said, "bring to the Council a wealth of experience in government and a deep understanding of the needs of all sections of our importing and exporting industries to work together for the good of the entire community. He would command the respect of all parties in the stevedoring industry as well as of those other sections. of the community which have a direct interest in the efficient performance of the industry".

The establishment of the Stevedoring Industry Consultative Council was recommended in the April 1977 Report of the National Stevedoring Industry Conference which was chaired by Sir Richard Kirby and was accepted by the Government as being an important part of the new arrangements now operating in the industry. The Council comprises as standing members representatives of the stevedoring employers (including BHP and ANL), the Waterside Workers' Federation and the ACTU, the Associa­ tion of Australian Port and Marine Authorities, the Australian Shippers' Council, the Associated Chambers of Manufacturers of Australia, the Australian Chambers of Commerce, the Australian Chamber of Shipping as well as representatives of the Departments of Transport and Employment and Industrial Relations.

Mr Street said "the Council w ill provide a forum for discussion and an opportunity for exchange of views between governments, user interests and the operating sections of the stevedoring industry. Through the Chairman it would bring to the attention of government or other bodies associated with the industry matters which warrant attention".

Mr Street said he had asked Sir Alan to convene an inaugural meeting of the Council at an early date.

MELBOURNE

27 January 1978