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Australian Left Review

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INDUSTRIALLY, 1966 drew to a close with the Qantas pilots’ strike, which had implications far beyond the pilots’ undoubted victory. The dispute had its farcical elements. Mr. McMahon, already a slightly ridiculous figure, played the buffoon attempting a role as man of destiny. On November 29 he solemnly warned: “. . .the Government would not allow pilots . . . to act with contemptuous disregard of ... . the community at large. However, to give the pilots an opportunity to act responsibly and avoid being caught up in processes that will otherwise follow, I appeal to them to return to work without delay.”