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Wednesday, 20 March 1968

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - The Government is quite aware of the disruption of industry caused by a postal strike. Indeed, as the honourable member has said, every member of the Australian community is adversely affected. I think it fair to say that no disruption is greater than that which flows from a postal strike which lasts for a week or 10 days, as did the last strike. The Government, of course, is certainly doing everything it possibly can to avert a recurrence of this trouble but this is not a one-sided operation.

Responsibility, we hope, will be shown by the members of the unions concerned as well. When I say this I would impress upon honourable members that the principles of arbitration as they are set out in the arbitration legislation of this Parliament are of course accepted by the Government and must be abided by in relation to any court action or statutory conferences associated with these matters.

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