Sir Llew Edwards.
Sir Llew Edwards.

Joh and Llew were at loggerheads

CABINET Minutes from 1981 reveal tension between then Liberal leader and Member for Ipswich Llew Edwards and Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The 30-year-old documents were released yesterday.

Minister for Government Services Simon Finn said they provided a great insight into issues facing the government of the day.

"The unity of the 13-year-old Coalition Government began to show cracks in 1981 and provided a colourful backdrop to a year dominated by industrial disputes in the electricity and transport sectors," Mr Finn said.

He said that Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen dismissed Liberal leader Dr Llew Edwards' proposal to implement a ministerial code of conduct for his ministerial colleagues, saying that "no code, written or otherwise, can make any man honest if he has not lived that way all his life".

"On the industrial relations front, the government in 1981 faced a series of disputes involving work stoppages in the electricity and transport sectors, many of which had carried over from 1980," Mr Finn said.

"Blackouts and power rationing prompted Cabinet to negotiate settlements on claims for salary increases and reduced working hours."

The minutes will be available at the Queensland State Archives from tomorrow.



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