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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3057

Mr SHORT (BALLARAT, VICTORIA) -My question, which is to the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, refers to the recent live sheep dispute at Portland. Is it a fact that following that dispute there is now a black list of carriers banned from entering meatworks in Victoria and that that black list has been issued by the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union? Is it a fact that meatworks buyers have been warned not to use black listed carriers? Does the above action fall within section 45d of the Trade Practices Act? If so, what action is the Government taking on this matter?

Mr GARLAND - I am advised that the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union has taken action to black list some 2 1 transport operators who deliver livestock in relation to entering meatworks in Victoria. That follows -

Opposition members- Hear, hear!

Mr GARLAND - I am interested to hear honourable members opposite say: 'Hear, hear'. That action follows successful attempts by the transport operators to carry sheep through picket lines surrounding the loading of live sheep at Portland. I am not aware whether meatworks buyers have been threatened not to use the services of the carriers who have been black listed. Of course, whether the action of the AMIEU constitutes a breach of section 45d of the Trade Practices Act is a matter on which the parties concerned would need to take their own legal advice. Certainly the Government would be concerned if the boycott developed into something much more general than the instances reported to date. The Government will be monitoring the situation and will consider what action it may need to take in the light of developments.

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