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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4554

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Has his attention been drawn to a paper published in March 1971 in the Journal of Industrial Relations, Sydney, by Mr Ian Macphee, then of the New South Wales Chamber of Manufactures and now of the Victorian Chamber of Manufactures, condemning those who believe that the ACTU President, Mr R. J. Hawke, is responsible for the present industrial turbulence and stating that those who see Mr Hawke as a bogyman are becoming engaged in an exercise of self-delusion.

(2)   If so, did he also note that Mr Macphee made the plea that the Government must resist the temptation to turn the bar table into an election platform.

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) I have noted the article referred to by the honourable member. The facts are that in 1970 industrial stoppages of ten days or more, workers involved and working days and wages lost in those stoppages were 36 per cent, 6.4 per cent, 22 per cent and 34 per cent respectively higher than in 1969. Preliminary statistics show that working days and wages lost in the first nine months of this year, 2,612,700 and $38,804,200 respectively, exceed the total for the whole of 1970. These facts speak for themselves.

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