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Tuesday, 15 October 2002
Page: 5115

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain employees at Geoscience Australia draws to the attention of the House the following circumstances:

The employees of Geoscience Australia have been informed by management that they are unable to gain access to reasonable wage increases because:

(1) A budget decision to underfund the $8.5 million Petroleum Frontiers program by $1.5 million in 2002-03.

(2) A shortfall of $3 million in revenue related to the newly introduced Government's cost pricing policy for spatial data.

(3) Rent increases at the Geoscience Australia Symonston facility—six per cent increase last year and three per cent increase this year on $13 million of annual rent creating a $0.5 million shortfall in 2002-03.

The total shortfall for 2002-03 is $5 million.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House initiate the required steps to supplement the budget of Geoscience Australia to allow payment of reasonable wage increases to Geoscience Australia employees.

by Senator Reid (from 314 citizens).