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Wednesday, 19 March 1980
Page: 774

Senator YOUNG (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing either the Minister for Transport or the Minister for Industrial Relations. Is the particular Minister aware that the Seamen's Union of Australia last week again refused to allow an oil tanker to berth at the Hallett Cove oil refinery in South Australia and that, as a result, the refinery was closed down through running out of feed stock? I ask whether the Minister is aware that the Seamen's Union will not allow a tanker to berth at the refinery until the refinery's feed stocks are down to seven days or less and that this is not the first time the refinery has been forced to close down. I also ask: What steps will the Government take to stop this continuing sabotage by a militant union which has no regard for either the South Australian economy or the jobs of so many fellow workers?

Senator CHANEY - I am sure that Senator Carrick would have had all the detail of this matter, but I am afraid that I do not. I will have to seek information for the honourable senator. I will also check with the Minister for Industrial Relations to see whether he would like to add to the answer which I am able to obtain.

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