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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2902

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) -My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. I refer to the 24 per cent pay increase to pilots granted by Trans-Australia Airlines against the direction of the Minister for Transport. I ask: Was this the result of intrusion by the Australian Council of Trade Unions? I also refer to the Industries Assistance Commission's recommendation for a 25 per cent increase in tariffs on textiles and certain other goods. I ask: Was this the result of an ACTU ultimatum to the Government? Are these not further instances of the Government's having to be prompted and threatened into reversing wrong decisions?

Senator MURPHY -I do not know that the honourable senator's statement on what has happened is correct. The honourable senator referred to the increase to pilots as being against the direction of the Minister for Transport. I recall that the Minister for Transport wanted the matter taken to arbitration and it was. The rest of the matter is now history. The honourable senator suggests that some threat has been made by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. I do not know that this is so at all. If threats were made to the Government by the ACTU or from any other source it would not affect the Government. The Government will take the advice of the ACTUas the previous Government did- and we will certainly welcome it. There ought to be good liaison between a government- especially a Labor government- and the ACTU. This Government would not take orders from anyone.

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