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Wednesday, 20 May 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Has bis attention been drawn to a television statement by the chief spokesman for the National Civic Council, Mr B. A. Santamaria, and republished in News Weekly of 18th March 1970, alleging that Second Division public servants receive salaries from $12,000 to $18,000 per annum plus overtime.

(2)   In view of his answer to Question No. 526 (Hansard, 14th April 1970, page 1110), in which he denies that the Public Service Board has approved overtime payments to Second Division public servants, will he ask the Public Service

Board to inform Mr Santamaria that his allegations are untrue and request that he publicly correct his false charge against officers who, by virtue of their office are unable to enter into public controversy.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No doubt Mr Santamaria will have read the answer to Question No.526.

Public Service: Female Data Processing Operators (Question No. 882)


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime

Minister, upon notice:

Do women employed by the Commonwealth as punch operators in electronic data processing receive the full male rate of pay for this work.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Public Service Board has informed me that the staff who perform punching operations associated with the preparation of data for processing by computers are designated Data Processing Operators. This group is almost exclusively staffed by females. These female staff are not eligible for equal pay within the terms of the decision of 19th June 1969 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in the Equal Pay Case.

I have also been informed that Data Processing Operators received substantial salary increases effective on and from 9th October 1969, resulting from an agreement with the relevant staff associations. The new rates were determined on the basis of appropriate rates for the job, irrespective of the sex of the Operator. However, the few males employed as Operators on 9th October 1969 were permitted, as a special concession, to retain on a personal basis an amount of $428 per annum above the new rates for the job.







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