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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) Since the conclusion of the waterfront dispute is he able to say whether the Chairman of Lang Corporation or Patrick Stevedores has made comments relating to the cost to importers and exporters of importing and exporting goods; if so, (a) do the statements relate to prices for Australian importers and exporters and (b) what are the prices.

(2) Has the Government made approaches to Patrick Stevedores or Lang Corporation about the need to pass on the benefits of the increased productivity, particularly the higher crane rate lift, to Australian importers and exporters.

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.