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Tuesday, 10 May 1994
Page: 487

Senator CRANE —I address my question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate and Minister representing the Prime Minister and it relates to the white paper the minister delivered on behalf of the Prime Minister last week. What are the terms and conditions of employment which will apply to the youth and adult training wage? For instance, do trainees receive leave loadings, holiday pay, overtime, sick leave, maternity or paternity leave, and so on, as an integrated part of their wage or separate payment on top of this base? Are these entitlements subject to negotiation through the enterprise bargaining system?

Senator GARETH EVANS —The details of the youth training wage have not been completely sorted out yet. I am not sure what the intention is so far as all those specific matters are concerned. I will take the question on notice and give a reply as soon as possible.

Senator CRANE —I ask a supplementary question, Mr President. As this is the centrepiece of the statement delivered by Senator Evans, I am surprised he cannot answer my question. While the minister is investigating the matter, I ask: is it not a fact that the training wage is not regulated by an award? If this is the case, does this preclude trainees participating in workplace bargaining?

Senator Hill —When you have to refer to Senator Schacht for help, you are in real trouble. Why not ask Rosemary?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I am just trying to give those opposite a sensible answer. We do have responsible ministers for each area of the white paper. I cannot be expected to carry the details around in my head. Yes, it is intended that there be an award covering this, but as to what the precise details of that award will be on that particular issue I will need to get further advice. I might be able to give it after question time, if those opposite stay polite, otherwise they will have to wait a bit longer.