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Friday, 16 August 1974
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Senator BISHOP (South AustraliaPostmasterGeneral) - I cannot give specific details. All I can say is that the employers and the Waterside Workers Federation are expected soon to reach agreement on redundancy and restructuring, but there is no guarantee that if the time of bringing in a government report is brought nearer there will be any saving. The chances are that until we get a wide agreement about all matters related to the new permanent scheme there will be more trouble, and there will be more costs because there will be more industrial trouble.

Senator Steele Hall -I think you have got me the wrong way around. I am told that if you get this it will save money.

Senator BISHOP -AllI can say is that I cannot give details because they are being discussed by the parties. Until I can give the correct information I should refrain from making a guess. The information we have, and I understand it is supported by all the interests in the industry, is that it is impossible in the time that has been proposed by the Opposition to bring down the sort of permanent structure that ought to be brought down. How is it that an Opposition which was in government for many years during which we suffered much trouble on the waterfront now proposes an amendment hastening the introduction of permanent arrangements? When in government it proposed temporary provisions on 3 occasions. It now says it wants permanent arrangements submitted to the Parliament in less than 12 months time.

Question put:

That the amendments (Senator Greenwood's) be agreed to.

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