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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 783

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   Has any specific instruction been given to

Australian migration officers in European countries explaining in detail that many nontradesmen occupations with close relativity to tradesmen's rates depend largely on seniority in the industry concerned.

(2)   Hasthis information been conveyed to the officers responsible for interviewing prospective migrants in Vienna.

(3)   Are the interviewing officers in Vienna Aus tralia based.

Senator GREENWOOD - The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Workers in general in Australian industry are classified occupationally according to their capacity to perform the work involved in the particular job which is subject to a minimum wage rate prescribed by an award.

When counselling prospective migrants overseas the rates of pay quoted are the minimum award rate for a normal week's work. Details of any pay additional to the minimum, which may be based upon seniority, are not made available since they, are not relevantto the normal conditions of employment applying to a migrant on his arrival in Australia.

(2)   Yes, in accordance with the answer to Question1.

(3)   Yes.

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