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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2103

Senator WITHERS -I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport: What constructive steps is the Government taking to resolve the dispute between Trans-Australia Airlines and its pilots so that the Australian travelling public will not be needlessly inconvenienced?

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs) - Two questions are involved in this industrial dispute. The first question is whether the penalty was too harsh and the second question involves a safety issue which the Government thinks is most important. The Government believes that proper disciplinary action should be taken against anyone who infringes safety provisions. The 2 Ministers concerned in this matter- the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Labour- conferred with the pilots yesterday, I understand without reaching any solution, but they have the matter under continuous consideration and negotiation. I do not want to say anything which may jeopardise any possibility of a settlement of this dispute.

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