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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

What inquiries did he make before answering Question No. 213 (Hansard, 7 April 1970, page 793).

Mr Snedden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Sufficient to enable me to answer the question in accordance with the Standing Orders.


2.   Since August 1966 the Commonwealth Statistician has undertaken quarterly surveys of the labour force, based on a sample of the civilian population. Published results include estimates of the average hours worked by employed persons in the civilian work force. The details for each quarter from August 1966 to November 1969 as shown in the following table:


lt is important to understand the difference in the coverage of the persons included in the two tables. Table 1 refers to hours worked per week by fulltime employees of private employers. Table 2 shows weekly hours worked by all persons in the civilian work force. Included in the sample for this table are employers, self-employed and employees, whether working part-time or full-time.

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