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Tuesday, 4 December 1973
Page: 4272


Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact, as stated by the President of the Western Australia Chamber of Manufactures, that expanded social benefits, higher wages and salaries, a shorter working week, additional categories of leave and over award payments are adversely, affecting industry in Western Australia.

(2)   How does Western Australia compare with other States in respect of each of the points mentioned.


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No. I believe the President of the Western Australian Chamber of Manufactures is wrong when he states that expanded social benefits, higher wages and salaries, a shorter working week, additional categories of leave and over award payments are adversely affecting industry in Western Australia.

(2)   There are no official statistics available which would permit comparisons to be made between Western Australia and other States in respect of each of the points mentioned.







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