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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3102


Mr Keith Johnson (BURKE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Administrative Services, upon notice, on 4 October 1977:

(   1 ) Are the rates of pay for Cocos (Keeling) Islanders as follows:

(a)   Headman, Rp 17.50 perweek

(b)   Junior Headman, Rp 12.00 per week

(c)   Estate Workers

(i)   aged 25 years and over, Rp 9.00 per week

(ii)   aged 1 7-24 years, Rp 6.00 per week and

(iii)   aged 14-16 years, Rp 3.00 perweek

(d)   Female workers

(i)   aged 1 8 years and over, Rp 6.00 per week and

(ii)   aged under 1 8 years Rp 4.50 per week.

(2)   Is the rupiah valued at the equivalent of 40 cents Australian.

(   3 ) If the position is as stated will the Minister take steps to ensure that more equitable rates of pay are made to workers on Cocos (Keeling) Islands.


Mr Street - The Minister for Administrative Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) Clunies Ross Estate workers are understood to receive payment i n units of token money, described as' rupiahs' , as follows:

(i)   Headman, 20.00 per week

(ii)   Junior headman, 14.00 per week

(iii)   Foreman, 12.00 per week

(iv)   Skilled worker, 10.50 per week

(   v) Semi-skilled worker, 7.50 per week

(   vi) Apprentices/Youths, 4.50 per week

(vii)   Female workers, 6.00 per week.

(2)   and (3) These tokens are not legal tender. I announced the Government's policy for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands on 16 June 1977 and that policy includes the replacement of tokens by Australian currency. It also includes the progressive introduction of a wages economy appropriate to Cocos conditions.

I understand that the value attributed to these units by the Clunies Ross Estate in its transactions with Home Islanders is 3 units to the$A (buying) and 2.6 units to the$A (selling).







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