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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1279

Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Labour and National Service. It follows the one asked by Senator Maunsell. As the Minister has given figures of time lost through disputes, will he now give to the Senate figures of time lost through industrial accidents and the loss of productivity due to unemployment? Is it a fact that the amount of time lost due to unemployment exceeds that lost due to disputes? What does the Government propose to do to correct the situation?

Senator WRIGHT - I regret that I have not, in my papers or in my head, the figures giving the time lost through industrial accidents or unemployment, but I, as a member of the Government, can assure Senator McAuliffe that the Government is concerned at the very great loss caused by industrial accidents. Many efforts were made to induce a sense of industrial safety in undertakings during last year, and some important units of industry have made remarkable progress in improving the situation. As with road safety, the position is not good enough and it must be improved.

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