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Thursday, 3 December 1959

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister for Labour and National Service studied the judgment of the Full Bench of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, given in the margins case last Friday, in which the commission indicated the unsatisfactory method, in its view, of assessing margins on a percentage basis? In the light of the commission's view on that subject, together with the fact that the recent decision was made to run until November, 1960, will the Minister take immediate steps, through his department and other departments associated with the matter, to have set up in Australia a productivity index that will reflect the real productivity of the Australian worker from year to year?

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