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Thursday, 15 October 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   When is it anticipated that the Commonwealth, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the National Employers Policy Committee will complete the drawing up of detailed procedures on principles for guidance in establishing and using effective procedures for avoiding and settling industrial disputes.

(2)   How many times have these bodies met to draw up the proposed procedures.

(3)   What was the date of the last meeting, and when is it proposed to hold the next meeting.


Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   (2) and (3) I would refer the honourable member to the answer 1 gave to his question No. 1000. Moreover, I would also refer him to the agreed press statement issued in Canberra on 6th May 1970, following the meeting that the AttorneyGeneral and I had that day with representatives of the ACTU and the National Employers' Policy Committee. That statement said, inter alia: ... It was emphasised that the principles set out the guidelines for the establishment of dispute settling procedures and that it is recognised that they may need some adaptation to meet the special needs of particular industries.

It will be the mutual responsibility of individual unions and employers to give effect to the guidelines in one of the following ways:

(a)   by incorporating the procedures in awards by consent; or

(b)   by incorporation in agreements lodged with the appropriate tribunals; or

(c)   by the formal exchange of agreed documents.'







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