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Thursday, 21 May 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Is there several weeks' delay in publishing the monthly Industrial Information Bulletin.

(2)   Are the judgments of the Commonwealth Industrial Court and of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in some cases not published in printed pamphlet form until nearly 12 months after a decision is given.

(3)   Is it a fact that employee and employer organisations have come to rely upon the Industrial Information Bulletin as a means of keeping abreast of current decisions.

(4)   If so, will he consider some means by which the delay in publishing the Industrial Information Bulletin may be reduced.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   I am advised by the Industrial Registrar that in some cases judgments of the Commonwealth Industrial Court and of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission are not published in printed pamphlet form for up to 12 months after a decision is given. However those awards and orders which are considered of greater importance are given priority in printing and become available about 3 months after they have been signed. The Industrial Registrar has also pointed out that all parties are supplied immediately with roneo copies of decisions and all subscribers to the Comprehensive Service receive such copies usually within 14 days of the announcement of decisions.

(3)   Yes.

(4)   Action has already been taken to reduce the delays that can occur at each stage of preparation and printing.

Universities: New Students (Question No. 750)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

Can he now give information on the (a) number and (b) percentage of new (i) male and (it) female university students in each State and Territory for 1967, 1968 and 1969 (Hansard, 26th September 1969, page 2116).


Mr H N Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I had already sent written advice to the honourable member when his question appeared on the notice paper. The answer to the question is as follows:

The Commonwealth Statistician altered his definition of 'new' students in 1968. This change affects the count of new post-graduate students in particular, in 1968 and 1969. The attached table therefore shows the number of new bachelor degree students by sex, for the years 1967 to 1969.

Public Service: Superannuation (Question No. 602)

MrHayden asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Does the Government conduct periodic reviews of superannuation for retired Commonwealth Public Service members.

(2)   If so, is a review based on a concept of a notional salary adjustment as it affects superannuation units of retired Commonwealth Public Service members.

(3)   Has there been a substantial movement of salaries in the Commonwealth Public Service since the last review in 1967; if so, can he give some indication of the magnitude of that movement.

 

(4)   Has there bee'n a substantial increase in living costs since 1967; if so, can he give some indication of the magnitude of that movement.

(5)   Have non-contributory concessions been made to officers now employed in the Commonwealth Public Service and who are contributors to the superannuation scheme.

(6)   Will the Government base its review on the principle that retired officers of the service can reasonably expect their income on retirement to be related to the fixed percentage of salaries accorded the positions in which they previously served.


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

(1)   The levels of existing Commonwealth Superannuation Fund pensions are usually examined at Budget time each year and adjustments are made from time to time.

(2)   On the last three occasions on which adjustments were made- in 1961, 1963 and 1967- the notional salary method' was adopted. Broadly, under this method the Commonwealth's or employer's share of pension being paid at a selected date (30th June 1967 for the 1967 increases) was increased to the amount that would have been payable had the pensioner retired at that date and not the date of his actual retirement.

(3)   Since 30th June 1967, the salaries of all officers and employees of the Public Service have been increased by the application of 3 annual National Wage Case decisions, and/or separate pay reviews of specific employment groups. The magnitude of this salary movement varies both between employment groups and within a specific group. The followi'ng table shows the order of movement at 4 levels in the clerical/administrative group of the Third Division of the Public Service:

(4)   The Consumer Price Index increased by 8.4 between the June quarter 1967 and the March quarter 1970. It should be noted that the Consumer Price Index is not a 'cost of living' index as such because it does not measure changes in cost of living that result directly from changes in the mode or level of living. (See the Commonwealth Statistician's comments on this in the Labor Report (No. 52) for 1965 and 1966).

(5)   Yes, subject to certain conditions that were provided for in the Superannuation Act (No. 2) 1969.

(6)   This is a matter of policy and will be considered at an appropriate time.







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