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Wednesday, 8 June 1994
Page: 1485

Senator KNOWLES —My question is directed to the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women. The very latest ABS figures, which the minister said yesterday she would table—I presume she still has not done so—show that between February 1993 and February 1994 men's earnings rose by 2.3 per cent and women's earnings rose by only 1.8 per cent. How can the government still claim that the accord has not been a failure for women, who are continuing to fall farther behind?

Senator CROWLEY —I agreed yesterday that I would find the information for the honourable senator. That information has not been available to me. As soon as it is available, I will make it available to Senator Knowles.

Senator KNOWLES —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. This is just getting worse from day to day. Yesterday, the minister quoted from those figures. She is now saying that she does not have them. How can the minister possibly say that, when the trend estimates from the ABS show that men's earnings rose at twice the rate of women's earnings in the November to February quarter this year? Yesterday, the minister said that she had those figures. Where are they? Why did the minister not table them yesterday? Will she table them today?

Senator CROWLEY —I merely refer Senator Knowles to what I did say yesterday and what I promised to do. I promised that I would provide that information and, as soon as it is available to me, I will.