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Thursday, 4 April 1968


Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for Civil Aviation) - I shall detain the House for only a minute or two. This evening the honourable member for Hunter (Mr James) referred to certain industrial problems at present affecting our international and domestic airlines. I do not wish to intervene in the position at this time because one matter is already before the High Court and another was referred today to the Flight Crew Officers Industrial Tribunal but I must refer to the honourable member's criticism of Mr Forrester, Secretary of the Flight Stewards Association and the Flight Engineers Association, to the effect that Mr Forrester, by bis actions, had been assisting the private enterprise airline, Ansett-ANA.

I do not doubt the honourable member's sincerity in relation to this matter and the impression he may have gained but I should like to make the point now that Mr Forrester apparently is not being helpful to that airline because I have been informed that the Flight Engineers Association has advised flight engineers flying with AnsettANA that they are to take strike action as from midnight tonight. I intervene at this point merely to indicate the present situation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 11.52 p.m. until Tuesday, 30 April, at 2.30 p.m.







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