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Thursday, 1 April 1971

Senator MURPHY - In directing my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service I refer to industrial disputes occurring from time to time which do not involve major problems of wages or conditions but whether a dismissal is justified, or something of that nature. Disputes occurring in the airlines industry have held up that industry at times for many days at tremendous cost and inconvenience, and other industries have been affected. I ask the Minister whether inquiries could be made to ensure that a sufficient number of conciliation commissioners and conciliators is available to move in immediately when this kind of dispute occurs so that resolution of it may be effected almost immediately instead of after a lapse of days or weeks, when presumably the result is achieved which could have been achieved almost immediately had adequate machinery been available. Leaving aside the merits of any particular matters, can the Minister ascertain whether an abundant number of people is available to avoid the tremendous economic costs caused when the process of conciliation, or arbitration, operates after a delay instead of immediately?

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