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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 27

(Question No. 1489)


Senator Hamer asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

(1) What restrictive work practices are in force at Aboriginal Hostels Limited, which, in the opinion of management, reduce productivity without any compensatory safety or industrial health benefits.

(2) What restrictive work practices in force at Aboriginal Hostels Limited, while having some safety or industrial health benefits, are done in such a way that comparable benefits could be achieved with less loss of productivity.

(3) What new restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have come into force in the last year.

(4) What restrictive work practices, of the type noted above, have been eliminated in the past year and what have been the benefits to productivity in each case.

(5) Has the management advised the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs of the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices; if so, what is the total annual cost of these restrictive work practices.


Senator Ryan —The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) As a result of the Prime Minister's announcement of 25 September 1986, Aboriginal Hostels Limited is reviewing work practices in order to determine if changes can be made that would lead to increases in efficiency and effectiveness without impinging on justifiable occupational health and safety standards.

(3) None.

(4) None.

(5) No.