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Notice given 11 March 2003

1255  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—In relation to the employees working at the Joint Defence Facility, Pine Gap:

(1) Has there been any form of industrial action by any employees working at Pine Gap over the past 3 years; if so: (a) which employees were involved in the action; (b) what reason was given for undertaking the action; and (c) what was the response to the action.

(2) Are the terms and conditions of employment for citizens of the United States of America (US) working at the Pine Gap different to the terms and conditions for: (a) Australian citizens; and (b) US citizens who are permanent residents of Australia, working there.

(3) If the terms and conditions of employment are different for these groups of people: (a) can details of these differences be provided; and (b) can an explanation for the differences be provided.

(4) Do US citizens working at Pine Gap pay the same rates of income tax as: (a) Australian citizens; and (b) US citizens who are permanent residents of Australia, working there.

(5) If different rates of income tax apply for these groups of people: (a) can details of these differences be provided; and (b) can an explanation for the differences be provided.

(6) Are there differential rates of pay for: (a) US citizens; (b) US citizens who are permanent residents of Australia; and (c) Australian citizens.

(7) If different rates of pay apply for these groups of people: (a) can details of the differences be provided; and (b) can an explanation for the differences be provided.

(8) In what currency are: (a) US citizens; (b) US citizens who are permanent residents of Australia; and (c) Australian citizens, working at Pine Gap paid (for example, in $US or $A).