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Tuesday, 10 November 1959

Mr Ward asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   When was the present Commonwealth Industrial Court established?

2.   On how many days has it sat?

3.   What salary and allowances are paid to each of the judges of this court?

4.   What is the annual expenditure involved in maintaining the court, including salaries?

5.   What amount of fines has been imposed by the court in each year since its establishment upon (a) employers and (b) employees?

Sir Garfield Barwick - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Commonwealth Industrial Court was established on 14th August, 1956, the date on which section 10 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1956 was proclaimed to come into operation.

2.   In their capacity as members of this court, the judges sat in open court as follows: - Year ended 13th August, 1957 - 98 days; year ended 13th August, 1958-66 days; year ended 13th August, 1959 - 69 days. No statistics are kept of the exercise of jurisdiction in chambers.

3.   Salaries - The salaries are as stated in section 102 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, namely, Chief Judge - £6,500 per annum, judges (two) - £5,500 per annum. Allowances - Travelling allowances are payable at the customary rates for superior courts.

4.   There is no separate budgetary provision for this court. The court shares services, including cleaning, electricity, telephones, postage, library facilities and registry services with the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. It is not possible to dissect the costs of these services. 5. (a) Employers - Year ended 13th August, 1957- Nil; year ended 13th August, 1958- ?100; year ended 13th August, 1959- ?350. (b) EmployeesYear ended 13th August, 1957- ?1,025; year ended 13th August, 1958 - ?230; year ended 13th August, 1959- ?2,745. (Note: (b) includes (1) individual employees, (2) unions of employees, and (3) officers of employees' unions.)

Commonwealth Factory at Ballarat.

Mr Ward asked the Minister for Supply, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government sold a Commonwealth factory situated in Ballarat, Victoria, which has been engaged in the manufacture of sulphate of ammonia and ammonium nitrate?

2.   If so, what were the terms of the sale?

3.   Was this factory a profitable undertaking; if so, why was it sold?

Mr Hulme - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Fixed assets and stocks were sold for ?245,000.

3.   No.

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