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Monday, 4 September 1989
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Senator CHANEY —My question is again to the Minister representing the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industrial Relations. It follows his failure to answer my supplementary question in so far as it related to proposals for support for the airlines while there were no negotiations, as against any fixed arrangements which might be in place. As it is public knowledge that the companies have put forward proposals for support from the Government, will the Minister now answer that part of the question and tell the Senate what proposals have been raised by the companies and what proposals have been raised by the Prime Minister or any Ministers in their dealings with the companies?


Senator BUTTON —Mr President, just to get this issue quite straight, the Government intends that the use of the word `arrangements', which was used earlier--


Senator Chaney —Proposals.


Senator BUTTON —Let me answer the question. In respect of the word `arrangements', which was used earlier, the Government has of course facilitated arrangements for moving passengers as much as it can by allowing international airlines to fly domestic routes and by the use of the Royal Australian Air Force and so on. They are arrangements which facilitate the movement of passengers. In so far as what has been described in this question unambiguously as `proposals' is concerned, late last week the airlines sought from the Government a consideration of some form of compensation-I believe that is the word they used-in respect of the losses incurred by them as a result of the air pilots strike. I am not able to identify the details of their proposals, but they will be considered by the Government in due course.


Senator CHANEY —I ask a supplementary question, Mr President. I thank the Minister for his reply but I again ask him whether any proposals have been raised with the companies by the Prime Minister or any Minister-by that I mean proposals which go to providing any possible form of support to the airlines during the period of non-negotiation with the pilots?


Senator BUTTON —I will have to come back to the way I answered the main question. In respect of facilitating the movement of passengers the Government has not only for to requests from the airlines but also initiated steps to ensure that as many passengers are moved as possible. But in respect of proposals for financial reimbursement of losses and so on, no, that has been a proposal received from the airlines which the Government will consider in due course.

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