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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 2029

Mr FOSTER (Sturt) - Mr Deputy Speaker- -

Mr Nixon - Keep to the Bill.

Mr FOSTER - Not one Government supporter has mentioned the Bill. The honourable member for Wakefield (Mr Kelly) talked about wages. Allow me, if I may, to put the honourable member for the Northern Territory (Mr Calder) straight. He said that the wharfies in Darwin - incidentally, I understand they voted for the honourable member - went on strike because there were not 2 brackets around a notation on a ship's derrick. I do not think they would have gone on strike if the 2 brackets did not appear on a ship's derrick. A safe working load is 5.5 tons or 10 tons but the honourable member would not understand the significance of this. The attention that the Minister for Shipping and Transport (Mr Nixon) is paying to me at present indicates that he would not know either. But what does this safe working load mean? It means that where there is a reference to a 10-ton load on a ship's derrick and there is no bracket on it, you can work at that load providing the angle is right, the blocks, plates and all the runners and so forth are OK. But if brackets are around the notation, what happens under the regulations? The safe working load, for the benefit of the honourable member for the Northern Territory, is one half of 10 tons.

Mr Calder - That is very technical.

Mr FOSTER - It is not very technical; it is very simple.

Mr Calder - There is no need to go into all this.

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