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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1590


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

(1)   Is it the policy of the Registrar, when satisfied that Conciliation and Arbitration Regulation 138 applies, to remit filing fees and to pay the applicant's travelling and accommodation expenses to the hearing and not less than 75 per cent of his taxed costs.'

(2)   If so, what are the names of those persons who have received financial assistance in excess of the amounts referred to above.

(3)   If the position is not as stated, what are the names of those persons, if any, who have received financial assistance of lesser amounts than those referred to iti part (1).


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

(1)   I am advised that there is no fixed policy for Registrars in determining applications made under regulation 138 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Regulations and each application must be determined on its own merits. I am further advised that most applications determined in favour of the applicant would provide for reimbursement in full of any fares necessarily incurred by the applicant in attending the hearing of the application and of filing fees and other similar payments. When the application is heard at other than his home town, he would be reimbursed an amount assessed by the Registrar for reasonable accommodation expenses incurred. Each direction of financial assistance is made subject to specified conditions as appropriate to the case.

(2)   and (3) I am advised that since the revised Conciliation and Arbitration Act came into operation on 14th August 1956, and as at 3rd September 1971, 117 persons, have applied for financial assistance under regulation 138 of the Conciliation and Arbitration Regulations. Some of these have sought assistance on more than one occasion.

Financial assistance has been afforded to the following 7 persons at a rate in excess of 75 per cent of taxed costs:

F.   Byrnes

D.   Holmes (2 occasions)

R.   Baker (2 occasions)

T.   W. Meagher (2 occasions)

A.   J. Costello

F.   Hoolahan

L.   G. McKay Financial assistance has been afforded to the following five persons at a rate less than 75 per cent of taxed costs:

M.   McNamara

J.   R. Wishart

D.   H. Q. Griffiths

J.   N. Lynch

L.   M. Grove

One person was assisted to the extent of a sum in specific money terms and assistance at (he rate of 75 per cent of taxed costs was afforded to 34 persons. No claims were received in the remainder of cases.

Water: Lock-Kim ba Pipeline (Question No. 3866)


Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

When is it anticipated that the South Australian Government will receive a reply, to its request for Commonwealth financial assistance to complete the Lock-Kimba pipeline on Eyre Peninsula in that State?


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

The Premier of South Australia has now been informed that the Commonwealth is not prepared to consider financial assistance for the LockKimba scheme at this stage. Having regard to the uncertain situation in the wool industry it is deemed inappropriate to provide special assistance under the National Water Resources Development Programme to support an expansion in the industry in one area, at the same time as the Government is involved in measures to alleviate the economic problems of the industry generally.







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