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Wednesday, 16 October 2002
Page: 5347


Senator Faulkner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 18 September 2002:

Can the following details be provided for the years 1990 to 2001:

(a) the number of industrial disputes in the Hunter region as compared to the national average;

(b) the number of industrial disputes in the Hunter region compared to other similar regions in Australia;

(c) the days of industry stoppage due to industrial action in the Hunter region as compared to the national average; and

(d) the number of days of industry stoppage due to industrial action compared to other similar regions in Australia.


Senator Alston (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable Senator's question:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collects data on industrial disputes at the State level. The ABS has advised that it does not collect industrial disputes data at the regional level and therefore holds no data on the Hunter region. The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations does not independently collect data on industrial disputes.