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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

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

(1)   Is it a fact that the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission gave an undertaking to review the national wage at regular annual intervals.

(2)   ls it a fact that this has not been done; if so, will he take steps to ensure that the Commission conducts an annual on date review of the national wage with increased rates made payable from 1 July each year.

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

(1)   No. In its decision in the 1967 National Wage Case the Commission explained that the new wage fixation procedures it was then introducing, would ensure that under the awards of the Commission 'wage and salary earners will annually have applied to them the increases for economic reasons which it is common ground they may normally expect'. However, the Commission made it clear that the new wage fixation procedures required that an application should be made each year for an economic review of the total wage. This procedure has been followed in the two subsequent national wage case hearings.

(2)   No.

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