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Friday, 24 August 1984
Page: 367

Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE — My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations. It relates to average weekly earnings. In an interview on Nationwide on Budget night the Treasurer said that the increase in average weekly earnings basically reflected overtime and that we have nothing in there for wages drift. Is the Minister able to provide or obtain information which analyses the average weekly earnings figure to show the amounts related to full time award wages, over-award payments , overtime and the effect of part time work on average weekly earnings figures? Is the Minister further able to advise with regard to the 160,000 jobs which he mentioned yesterday as to whether he was referring to part time or full time employment?

Senator BUTTON —I will seek the information for Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle. I could have a stab at some of it but I do not intend to do so because it is subject to variable interpretations and so on. I will seek the information in answer to the several questions which the honourable senator asked me and provide the answer as soon as possible.