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Thursday, 21 March 1985
Page: 530


Senator JONES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate, noting that-

(a) the Queensland Government has passed an Electricity (Continuity of Supply) Act;

(b) this Act contravenes sections of conventions of the International Labour Organisation which have been ratified by Australia, and which are binding on all countries that have ratified them;

(c) under the Act the Queensland Government is forcing any sacked employee or any contractor employed by the South East Queensland Electricity Board to sign contracts binding them to inferior working conditions and denying them the right to strike;

(d) under the same Act, the Electricity Commissioner can force any qualified person, by the direction of labour, to restore the supply of electricity in the event of any breakdown; and

(e) the Act is in contravention of international law.

calls on the Federal Government to investigate all means to overturn the Queensland legislation, namely, the Electricity (Continuity of Supply) Act, to report to the International Labour Organisation on the breach that has occurred and to establish what action can be taken against the Queensland Government.