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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12910

Mr Danby asked the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, upon notice, on 20 September 1999:

(1) Was the issue of microeconomic reform one of his stated reasons for his involvement with the Patrick Stevedores v. MUA dispute.

(2) If so, was one aspect of microeconomic reform the lowering of costs to importers and exporters via a greater per hour crane lift at Melbourne and other Australian ports.

(3) What was the price of loading and unloading a (a) full, (b) half and (c) quarter container with Patrick Stevedores (i) prior to the Patrick—MUA dispute and (ii) now.

Mr Reith (Workplace Relations and Small Business) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

As a consequence of the allocation of portfolio responsibilities following the 1998 federal election, this matter does not now fall within my portfolio responsibilities but those of the Minister for Transport and Regional Services. The Member may care to redirect the question to that Minister.