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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr Hayden asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Can he state from the latest relevant data available, the number of adult wage earners in each State and the Commonwealth earning (a) less than the minimum wage, (b) the minimum wage and up to $10 a week above this level and (c) more than $10 a week above the minimum wage.

Mr Bury (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No. There are no statistics which directly classify wage earners into these categories. Any estimates relating to a recent period would have to be based on a number of assumptions and judgments applied to particulars of movements and levels of earnings and award rates, together with either income tax statistics of grade (by size) of actual income or with the results of the special survey conducted by the Commonwealth Statistician in October 1965 showing estimated numbers of adult male employees in earning groups (by size).

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