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Wednesday, 29 September 1971
Page: 1701


Mr Grassby asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

What aid has been made available to Indonesia by Australia in each year since 1967 In

(a)   Devisa Kredit;

(b)   Food Aid;

(c)   Technical Aid;

(d)   Commodity Aid;

(e)   Project Aid; and

(f)   Other forms of aid.


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

 

South Pacific Commission: Plantation Workers (Question No. 4053)


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Foreign Affairs, upon notice:

Is information yet available on conditions for plantation workers in French Polynesia and Western Samoa (Hansard 23rd April 1971, page 2036).


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following information was provided to the Honourable Member in a letter dated 6th May 1971 from the then Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs:

French Polynesia

Minimum agricultural wage as from 1st December 1970 is CFP43.2* (approximately 40 cents) per hour. Usual rate is CFP500 (approximately $4.59) to CFP600 ($5.50) per day. Employers are entitled to deduct CFP43.2 for each meal provided and 5 per cent of salary if accommodation is provided but both are normally provided free. The working week remains at 48 hours.

Note - CFP (which is an abbreviation of the French equivalent of French Pacific Franc) is the currency used in the French Pacific territories.

Western Samoa

The basic wage for an ordinary plantation labourer is $WS1.00 per day ($A1.25) for men or $WS0.80 ($A1.00) for women. Rates for foremen range from$WS1.50 ($A1.86) to$WS2.00 ($ A 2.50) depending on size of plantation and duties.

Contract workers earn $WS0.25 ($A0.31) per 100 lbs of copra and$WS0.45 ($A0.56) per 100 lbs of cocoa or coffee.

Workers are provided with rent free accommodation and allowed the use of small plots of land to grow domestic foodstuffs.







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