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Friday, 22 May 1970

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

(1)   On what date did the Association of Professional Engineers of Australia file their claim for a new award with the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

(2)   On what dates did the Commission sit to hear the application.

(3)   When did the Commission announce its award.

(4)   Did the Commonwealth Public Service Board, the only respondent in these proceedings, fix the new salary rates before the award was made.

(5)   Did the Government authorise the Board to fix new salary rates before the Commission's award was announced.

(6)   If so, did the Government (a) consult wilh the Board on the rates so fixed and (t>) approve of the rates so fixed.

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

(1)   On 31st July 1967, in relation to claims under the Public Service Arbitration Act which were subsequently amended on 8th October 1968 and on 6th November 1967, in relation to claims under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act as amended on 13th February 1969.

(2)   On 21st November 1967, the Public Service Arbitrator beard Association applications for claims to be referred to a Full Bench of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. Similar applications under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act were heard by Commissioner Portus on 14th December 1967. The President of the Commission on 27th February 1968 directed that the matters be dealt with in joint sitting of the Commission. The hearing of the merits of (he Association claims commenced on 8th October 1968 and concluded on 3 1st October 1969.

(3)   3rd December 1969.

(4)   The Commonwealth Public Service Board was nol the only respondent in proceedings before the Commission. Other respondents included State Departments and authorities and private employers. On 26th September 1969 the Board announced increases to engineers employed by the Commonwealth.

(5)   The Public Service Board is an independent statutory body which has authority to determine rates of pay of Commonwealth employees, lt was in this role that the Board decided upon rales of pay for professional engineers.

(6)   See (5) above.

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