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Wednesday, 27 November 1974
Page: 2826

Senator JESSOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - J direct my question to the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Labor and Immigration. Is the Minister aware that a Commonwealth arbitration inspector, a former endorsed Australian Labor Party candidate for the South Australian Legislative Council, attended a meeting of members of the Administrative and Clerical Officers Association held in the Adelaide Town Hall after the rejection of an ACOA pay claim this year? Is he also aware that at that meeting this Commonwealth arbitration inspector advocated that strike action be taken and suggested that workers in transport and communications be urged to go on strike and that a general fund be set up by the ACOA members to finance strikers who were called out? Can the Minister say whether this action is compatible with the officer's position as a Commonwealth arbitration inspector?

Senator BISHOP - What Senator Jessop has said constitutes, I think, a serious charge against the officer if he is doing as Senator Jessop alleges. 1 presume that Senator Jessop is relying on information which has been given to him. The only proper way in which to deal with such a matter is to submit it to me personally without prejudice to the person concerned, or to put the question on the notice paper. Whichever course Senator Jessop chooses, I will ascertain the information for him.

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