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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1473

Senator MULVIHILL (New South Wales) - I find myself, again, like Diogenes on this occasion, trying to inject a bit of common sense into the legislation. Whenever we watch television we are shown shortcuts, that can be applied, for example, in the kitchen so that things can be done more quickly. Yet, we have these hesitant people who ask: 'What does the Government's policy mean?' If it created industrial harmony and led to speedy decisions, I would not care if another 20 appoin tments were made to the bench of the Industrial Court. I would not care as long as it led to effective decisions. I think I can illustrate what I mean in a simple way. The point might even get home to all New South Wales senators. There is a very small classification known as 'despatch clerks' in the Commonwealth car pool in Sydney. For over 1 2 months during the term of the previous Government and my Government I have asked the powers that be for these people to have their duties assessed on a work value basis. From both the previous Government and from my Government I have received the reply: Somebody is having a look at it. There is a simple case involving a couple of despatch clerks.

In 1973 we are being told about the push button age. Companies are installing computers in order to get speedier action. I question that they succeed in the light of the way that private insurance companies process claims made upon them. Be that as it may, I do not want to see any impediment that the Minister for Labour (Mr Clyde Cameron) feels will prevent him from appointing an unlimited number of arbitrators or judges- whatever the designation- to get action. It is no use talking about people being docile and waiting their turn. I have said before that the meek do not inherit the earth. In fact, it is the big businessmen and the other people who take advantage of it. All that is intended in this legislation is that where a sudden exodus of people occurs from an industry there will be a unlimited number of people in authority to adjudicate on any dispute. It would be money well spent, irrespective of the amount involved.

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