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Thursday, 8 March 1973
Page: 355

Mr MALCOLM FRASER (WANNON, VICTORIA) - Does the Minister for Labour accept that the decisions of the Association of Employers of Waterside Labour affect the national jurisdiction and matters that come within his authority. How is it that this body, significantly influenced by overseas shippers, could make a serious decision affecting several decentralised ports without his or his Department's knowledge? Will the Minister use his undoubted influence to see that the recent decisions concerning the levies to enable port authorities to make up the minimum wages for the waterfront are reversed in the interests of rural communities and decentralisation of transport? If he does not do that, I think he will agree that up to 12 ports around the Australian coast will be very seriously threatened.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer is really quite simple. It is possible for this sort of thing to happen simply because of the arrangements made by the former Government with these employers and of the legislation which protects their rights.

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