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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 100

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

(1)   Does he know the annual percentage increases in (a) non-farm productivity at constant prices, (b) number of non-farm employees, and (c) real product per non-farm employee.

(2)   If so, what were they in each ot the years 1958-59 to 1968-69.

(3)   ls he able to make a forecast of these particulars for each of the years 1969-70 and 1970- 71.

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

(1)   to (3) As indicated in -answers io recent questions on notice dealing with the availability of estimates of productivity in Australia - in particular, questions Nos 524 (Hansard, 5th May 1970, page 1644), 1821 (Hansard, 27th October 1970, page 2830) and 2028 (Hansard, 30th October 1970, page 3168), asked of the Treasurer - there are no regularly published official estimates of labour productivity. Some of these answers have indicated the Statistician's intention to examine during 1971 the desirability of compiling and publishing measures of change in product per unit of labour force despite their significant conceptual limitations. This examination will consider measures at the level of major industries, groups of industries, and gross national product.

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