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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 551

Senator BOSWELL —I refer the Leader of the Government in the Senate to the current industrial action of the Transport Workers Union which is refusing to load any air shipment of Australian beef and lamb, costing Australian meat producers over $1m a day in lost contracts. Will the Government answer the calls of the National Farmers Federation, the Cattle Council of Australia and the United Graziers Association of Queensland to intervene in the dispute which is seriously jeopardising export markets in Japan and the Middle East? Can the Minister advise the Senate what action his Government is taking to terminate this dispute?

Senator BUTTON —This is basically a matter for the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and I will refer Senator Boswell's question to him. I think honourable senators will find that the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations has already taken some steps in this matter. I just remind the Senate again that, on previous occasions such as this, the Minister has taken steps which have usually been successful in the resolution of disputes and which, in terms of the historic perspective, have been far more successful than those of any other government in the last 35 years.