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Friday, 16 June 1989
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Senator MORRIS(4.47) —Once again Senator Michael Baume has jumped to the defence of Mr Pat Reeves. Senator Baume alleges that he has never met Pat Reeves. Yet, Mr Reeves has no more loyal and slavish a supporter than Senator Baume. It is incredible that Senator Baume has again supported Pat Reeves this afternoon. I do not know whether Senator Baume uses mental telepathy, but what we saw today was quite amazing for a person who has never met Pat Reeves. Someone must have put across points of view for Senator Baume to raise this afternoon.

Senator Baume alleges that Mr Reeves wants to go the Supreme Court to release a document. I assure the Senate that, if Mr Reeves has reached the point where he wants to release that document, I will go with him on Monday morning to ensure that it is released. That document has been kept in the confines of the Supreme Court at the request of Mr Pat Reeves's lawyers.

Let me move to another point raised by Senator Baume. This afternoon the honourable senator alleged in the Senate, through Pat Reeves, that some sort of deal was done to abolish penalty rates in respect of Pizza Hut employees. Senator Baume agreed with that. We all know that he does not support penalty rates. Not only do I and the Senate know that but also all the workers in the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees Union of Australia know it. Dual photos of Senator Baume and Pat Reeves are being circulated amongst the 50,000 members of that union in New South Wales.

Let us examine the Pizza Hut agreement. In 1987 Pepsico Australia Pty Ltd had workers in its new home delivery establishments who were award free-they had no penalty rates or anything. What did the union do? The union leadership-I, Ken Jeffrey, the Secretary, and Peter James, the Research Director-negotiated with Pepsico and we were able to get an agreement to cover those workers and ensure that they had an award. What were we able to negotiate for those workers? We negotiated an agreement. The management of Pepsico said that it would not have an agreement with the liquor trades union, with penalty rates; that it wanted the workers to remain award free. As a result of the liquor industries union saying that it would call a meeting of all Pizza Hut workers throughout New South Wales, the owners of Pepsico made an agreement with the union.

Let me make clear what that agreement was. Those workers had no Saturday and Sunday penalty rates. I am pleased to say that, following the agreement that was signed by the union, those members now enjoy the same penalty rates as all other workers throughout Australia. That includes time and a half for Saturday, time and three-quarters for Sundays, double time and half for public holidays, a guarantee of a minimum of 10 hours work per week and the elimination of junior employment. Prior to this agreement we had a situation where that company could employ all juniors, which is what is done at Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd and at other establishments. We were able to get a ratio of full time employees to casual employees. At the same time we were able to get an agreement in regard to the ratio of juniors to seniors.

It amazes me that Senator Baume time and time again jumps to his feet in defence of Pat Reeves. Pat Reeves has no more slavish worker for him than Senator Baume. Yet he has the audacity to stand up in this Senate and tell senators and the people of this country, in an attempt to influence a union election, that he has nothing to do with Pat Reeves. If Senator Baume has nothing to do with Pat Reeves, I suggest that he must have great mental telepathy. On that note, I would like to table the document which I have referred to so that honourable senators and those journalists who are standing behind Senator Baume waiting for these documents can see it. I seek leave to table the document.

The ACTING PRESIDENT —What document is that?

Senator MORRIS —It is a full page advertisement which will go in the papers this weekend. It is to the attention of members in the form of a letter.

Leave granted.

Senator MORRIS —The workers in the Federated Liquor and Allied Industries Employees Union of Australia and the workers throughout Australia will know exactly where they stand when they read this advertisement. I can understand the frustrations of Mr Pat Reeves. He has tried all ways and means as a vehicle to get his message across. It is a shame to think that Pat Reeves has to stoop to use an anti-penalty rate campaigner such as Senator Michael Baume to support his case. I do not want to go into Patrick Partners and matters such as that. I will do so at a later stage when my assistant finishes researching it. I am sure that when that comes out we will be talking not only about the abolition of penalty rates with the support of Senator Baume, but also about Patrick Partners and a lot of other matters. I thank the Senate for allowing me to put my case.