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Tuesday, 9 November 1976
Page: 2438

Dr CASS (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Productivity. Since at a productivity conference in Melbourne recently the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations urged companies to provide worker participation schemes, what measures does the Government plan to take to encourage the private and public sectors to involve their employees in the decision-making process? Is the Government's decision to remove the staff-elected Australian Broadcasting Commission commissioner an example of the Government's support for the concept of worker participation?

Mr SPEAKER - I have pleasure in calling the Minister for Productivity.

Mr MACPHEE (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) (Minister for Productivity) -The notion of worker participation, of course, means all things to all persons. It would be quite wrong, when we have an embryonic department, for me to indicate any specific ways in which the Government might encourage labour and management to get together. But clearly, the Government has indicated ad nauseam its support for improved lines of communication between labour and management. It would be one of the areas in which we would be endeavouring to assist people really almost on a plant by plant basis to devise for themselves the most appropriate form of communication. The second part of the question is not within my province and I will not have an answer.

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