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Friday, 29 November 1985
Page: 2595


Senator WALTERS —I direct my question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. I refer the Minister to the Prime Minister's speech to the Confederation of Australian Industry last night, when he said that the Government could not support industrial action in defiance of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission over superannuation. In particular he said:

In our view, such action is inconsistent with the spirit of the agreement between the Government and the ACTU.

Now that the Australian Council of Trade Unions has decided to defy the Arbitration Commission and the Government on superannuation, what specific practical action can or will the Government take to support the Prime Minister's words?


Senator BUTTON —I agree with what the Prime Minister said. I think it is bordering on a great degree of licence to say: `Now that the Australian Council of Trade Unions has decided to defy the Government on these issues, what action will the Government take?'. The Government will certainly have discussions with the ACTU about the matter in dispute.