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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2714

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. I refer to the disruption in the Central Australia Railway traffic due to a strike of Commonwealth Railway employees at Marree in South Australia. Can the Minister inform the Senate of events leading up to this strike? Is it a fact that the main causes of concern among the workers there are poor housing and working conditions and unsatisfactory medical services? What proposals have been put forward by the Commissioner for Commonwealth Railways to overcome the problems?

Senator CAVANAGH - I do not know whether poor housing and working conditions were the cause of the strike. I do not know either whether the Minister would know the cause of the strike. The Commissioner for Commonwealth Railways has been continually working on upgrading housing on the railway. I would have thought that working conditions were reasonably satisfactory. Working conditions are greatly influenced by arbitration decisions. I will take up the question with the Minister to see whether he can give a fuller answer as to the cause of the strike and whether any remedial action can be taken.

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