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Wednesday, 20 May 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What was the reason for his refusal to grant increased wages to nursing aides employed at the Canberra Hospital at the time he announced the recent increases to nurses.

(2)   How does he reconcile the rates paid to nurses and to nursing aides with the rates paid to male nursing aides.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The question of refusal to grant increased wages to nursing aides employed at the Canberra Hospital did not arise. The pay increase recently applied to the qualified nursing staff at the Can berra Hospital was approved following a pay review conducted by the Public Service Board in respect of qualified nursing staff employed under the Public Service Act. The Public Service Board's pay review did not include nursing aides. These new pay rates for qualified nursing staff applied from the first pay period commencing on or after 4th December 1969.

Subsequently, action was taken to increase the pay rates of certain auxiliary staff, including nursing aides, at the Canberra Hospital with effect from the first pay period commencing on or after 19th December 1969. These increases were approved following the decision of the Public Service Board to increase the pay rates for what are generally known as 'physical grades* staff.

The pay increases for qualified nursing staff on the one hand and auxiliary staff (including nursing aides) on the other hand derived from separate pay reviews.

(2)   The rates paid to qualified nurses and nursing aides at the Canberra Hospital take into account the fact that the duties performed by both categories is work essentially or usually performed by females but is work upon which male employees may also be employed.

It was decided that male nursing aides employed at the time of the pay increases applying on and from the first pay period commencing on or after 19th December 1969 should, on a purely personal basis, receive the same pay increases on that occasion as provided for females. It was also decided that such male nursing aides would receive no further pay increases until their then current personal rates are exceeded by the 'rate for the job'.

Dentists (Question No. 107)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice:

(1)   How many dentists were registered in each State and Territory in each year since 1963 and under what Acts and Ordinances.

(2)   How many persons graduated as dentists in each year since 1963.

(3)   How many (a) settlers arriving and (b) Australian residents departing permanently in each year since 1963 gave their occupations as dentists.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (l)

 

Dentists are registered under the following Acts and Ordinances:

(a)   New South Wales- Dentists Act, 1934 as amended.

(b)   Victoria- Medical Act, 1958 as amended.

(c)   Queensland- The Dental Act of 1902 as amended.

(d)   South Australia- Dentists Act, 1931-1966.

(e)   Western Australia- Dentists Act, 1939-1968.

(f)   Tasmania- Dentists Act, 1919.

(g)   Australian Capital Territory- Dentists Registration Ordinance, 1931-1970.

(h)   Northern Territory- Dentists Registration Ordinance, 1953-1967.

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