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Thursday, 18 November 1976

Mr Lloyd (MURRAY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, upon notice:

Will he publish a monthly register of strikes, work to regulation campaigns, etc., showing (a) the type of strike, (b) whether it is political or industrial, (c) the demands made by the strikers and (d) how the decision was made to take the action, in order to bring to the notice of the people of Australia the extent of this action and its cost to the country?

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

The Australian Bureau of Statistics issues, on a monthly basis, estimates of:

(   a ) the number of industrial disputes;

(b)   the number of workers involved;

(c)   the working days lost; and

(d)   the loss in wages.

Each quarter the Bureau also issues information on the causes of disputes and the means of settlement. The Bureau 's statistics refer only to disputes involving stoppages of work of ten man-days or more.

Although the Bureau's statistics do not include instances where no stoppage of work is involved or where the stoppage involves less than 10 man-days, they do give a good indication of the extent of direct industrial action. The publication of a register in the detail suggested would duplicate to some degree the Bureau's work and would involve considerable Departmental resources.

For these reasons I do not consider the time and expense which would be involved in the preparation and publication of another register along the lines suggested by the honourable member could be justified.

Defence Force Members on Secondment (Question No. 1256)

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many members of the Australian Defence Force are on secondment to the armed services of other governments.

(2   ) In what countries are they serving, how many are serving in each country, and what are their ranks.

(   3) Do any of them wear the uniform of the host country.

(4)   How many are in command positions.

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


(1)   482- This figure includes members of the Australian Defence Force seconded, loaned or attached to the armed services of other governments. The cost of all secondments, loans or attachments are met from Government funds. Members on exchange, or training courses in other countries are excluded.

(2)   The numbers, by rank, are serving in the following countries:


(3)   No.

(4)   10 (9in Papua New Guinea, l in Singapore ).

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