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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2249

(Question No. 1749)

Mr Ruddock asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 6 September 1984:

(1) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to a memorandum, dated 1 June 1984, to all permanent heads, heads of statutory authorities and staff organisations from the Secretary of the Public Service Board, concerning encouragement of union membership.

(2) Was the memorandum brought to the attention of all staff in the Minister's Department and all statutory authorities reporting to the Minister; if so, how and on what dates.

(3) What additional action has been taken within the Minister's Department and statutory authorities reporting to the Minister to avoid delays in constructive action being taken to encourage union membership and on what dates; if no additional action has been taken, what are the reasons for such a decision.

Mr John Brown —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Yes. A summary of issues raised in the memorandum was included in the Staff Bulletin of the Department of Sport, Recreation and Tourism on 8 and 29 June 1984. Copies of the memorandum were placed on all staff notice boards in the offices of the Australian Tourist Commission. In addition, copies were forwarded to all ATC representatives overseas.

(3) The content of the memorandum was given the widest possible circulation to staff upon its receipt. Staff were advised of relevant contact points for further information.