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Wednesday, 10 May 1989
Page: 2180

Senator BUTTON —At Question Time on 2 May 1989, Senator McLean gave me notice of a question relating to an award of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission relating to the Australian Capital Territory Fire Brigade. I inform Senator McLean, in relation to his question and a further question asked by Senator Sanders, that I am not yet able to provide detailed answers to those questions. The matters involved go back over a history of 15 years and they involve examination in detail of decisions of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, interpretation of an award which was made in 1975, a determination of the extent of authority of the Fire Commissioner and a number of other matters. They are complex for many reasons and I assure the honourable senators that the answer is in the course of preparation and will be made available as soon as possible.