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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2020

Senator HARRADINE (TASMANIA) - I refer the Minister representing the Minister for Transport to his answer to me on 28 February in which he said:

The working environment and safety on board Qantas aircraft are under continuing review by Qantas operating management. Neither sub-standard nor unsafe conditions would be allowed.

Has the Minister seen a letter published in this morning's Press from the Flight Stewards Association of Australia which highlights what can be described only as a cavalier attitude on the part of the management of Qantas Airways Ltd to its cabin staff? In view of the reported incidents of in-flight violence involving unsafe working conditions and obvious management problems, can the Minister advise the Senate whether the chairman of Qantas, Sir Lenox Hewitt, has become personally involved in discussions to resolve these most important and pressing issues? If not, why not? If he has not, will the Minister undertake an inquiry into the matter?

Senator CHANEY -I have not seen the report to which the honourable senator refers. Related matters were raised in a question asked yesterday by Senator Baume. I will refer the detailed questions asked by the honourable senator to Mr Hunt and ask him to let the honourable senator have a reply.

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