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Monday, 4 September 1989
Page: 857


Senator BUTTON —At Question Time the other day Senator Hamer asked me a question about the airline pilots, particularly in relation to responses to advertisements by the airlines for air crew. I wish to add to my answer that I am aware that airline companies have advertised and continue to advertise within Australia and overseas to recruit pilots. I understand that the airlines have received and are processing a large number of applications in response to those advertisements. I am not aware of the specific details of those applications, which are a matter for the airlines themselves to deal with.

On the same day, Senator Walters asked me how many stand-down notices had been given by Australian Airlines to those not able to do their job as a result of the pilots strike. I said at that time that I did not believe that there had been any stand-downs, and I undertook to seek further information. The answer is that there have been no stand-downs of Australian Airlines employees to date; various other arrangements have been put in place to avoid recourse to stand-down action and the airlines have advised employees that these arrangements will continue without prejudice until a further meeting on 6 September of this year.