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Tuesday, 29 May 1973
Page: 2827


Mr Garland asked the Minister represent ing the Minister for Works, upon notice:

(1)   Will the Minister elaborate on the considerations set out in part (2) of the answer to Senate question No. 141 (Senate Hansard, 10 April 1973, page 994).

(2)   Is the policy, as set out in general terms in that answer, still the same.

(3)   To what extent is consideration given to the factors (a) the degree of day labour employed by the contractor as against the degree of sub-contract workers employed, (b) the policy of the contractor to employ union labour as against non-union labour, (c) the relationship of the contractor with the trade union movement and (d) the quota of apprentices the contractor by established awards is entitled to employ and the number employed.

(4)   What is the maximum difference, expressed in percentage terms, of tender price acceptable to the Government, to which it would give preference because of these conditions.

(5)   How does the Minister specifically determine in each case (a) the degree of day labour employed by the contractor as against the degree of sub-contract workers employed, (b) the policy of the contractor to employ union labour as against non-union labour, (c) the relationship of the contractor with the trade union movement and (d) the quota of apprentices the contractor by established awards is entitled to employ and the number employed.


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Elaboration of the considerations referred to is not practical. These factors will be given regard to in their proper perspective when decisions are taken as to the award of contracts. The Honourable Member is referred to the statement made by the Minister for Works in the Senate on 6 March, 1973 in reply to a question by Senator McManus.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   See answer to Parts (1) and (4).

(4)   See answerto Part (1). It is not possible to answer this question. However, it must be borne in mind that there are many other factors which have to be taken into account when deciding whom the successful tenderer will be; for example past and present performance records; current commitments; resources of management, finance, labour and plant; experience in a particular type of construction and so on.

(5)   From information available to me.







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