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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Mr Clyde Cameron n asked the Minister for Territories, upon notice -

1.   Has the Administration of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea failed to legislate for the provision of paid public holidays for all indigenous workers of that Territory?

2.   How many European workers are obliged to work under awards or contracts which fail to provide for paid public holidays?

3.   Can he say how many European workers in fact do not get paid public holidays?

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

1.   No. The Native Employment Ordinance, the Administration Servants Ordinance and the Public Service Ordinance provide for paid public holidays for indigenous workers.

2.   Apart from provisions for overseas officers of the public service there are only two awards in the Territory applying to European workers. One covers building workers and provides for certain paid public holidays. The other, negotiated by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots, states hours of duty to be in accordance with Air Navigation Orders and provides that a pilot shall receive four days free of duty at his home base each fortnight. Most contracts for employment in private enterprise provide for paid public holidays.

3.   Because all fields of European employment are not covered by awards it is not possible to say how many European workers, if any, do not get paid public holidays.

Laws Relating to Radio-active Substances. (Question No. 655.)

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What radio-active substances laws have been recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council but have not yet come into force in all Stales and Territories?

2.   When did the Council make these recommendations?

3.   When were the recommendations transmitted to the States?

4.   In which Slates and Territories do the laws not yet conform with the recommendations?

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has furnished the following replies - 1 and 4. All States have adopted legislation to control radio-active substances, substantially along the lines recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council. An ordinance for the control of radio-active substances in the Australian Capital Territory is currently being drafted and when finalised this ordinance will form a basis for a similar ordinance for tha Northern Territory.

2.   The National Health and Medical Research Council recommended a model Radio-active Substances Act in May 1954, and model Regulations in November 1957. Amendments to these were recommended in November 1959, and October 1960.

3.   The model Radio-active Substances Act was transmitted to State Governments on 2nd July 1954, except in the case of South Australia which was advised on 5th July 1954. The model Regulations were transmitted to State Governments on 11th December 1957.

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