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The Acting Deputy President (Senator McKiernan) informed the Senate that

the President had received a letter from Senator Parer advising that

this day he intended to move--That, in the opinion of the Senate, the

following is a matter of urgency:

The Government's failure to stand by its own Industrial Relations Act,

the principal object of which is the prevention and settlement of

industrial disputes by encouraging and facilitating the making of

agreements, its failure to support the Australian Industrial Relations

Commission, and its failure to dissuade or condemn its Accord partner,

the ACTU, for orchestrating a round of strikes and secondary boycotts

which will include a 5 day closure of the nation's ports.

The proposal was supported by 4 Senators.

Senator Parer moved the motion.

Debate ensued.

Question put and passed.