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Department's objectives - extracts from address to Ballarat Chamber of Commerce and Productivity Group



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MINISTER FOR PRODUCTIVITY

PARLIAMENT HOUSE

CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600

MEDIA RELEASE " EMBARGO - 8 PM 10/2/77 '

EXTRACTS FROM ADDRESS BY IAN MACPHEE,. MINISTER FOR PRODUCTIVITY, TO THE BALLARAT BRANCH -OF THE VICTORIAN CHAMBER OF MANUFACTURES AND BALLARAT PRODUCTIVITY GROUP, THURSDAY 10/2/77

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY WITH ITS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PRODUCTIVITY PROMOTION, THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN, SAFETY AND TRAINING POLICY IS A CLEAR SIGN THAT THE COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO

HELP MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR TACKLE THESE PROBLEMS OF MUTUAL ' SELF-INTEREST. . . ยท .

IT IS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL AUSTRALIANS FOR US TO INCREASE OUR VOLUME 'OF PRODUCTION OF GOODS AND SERVICES AND TO LOWER THE UNIT COSTS OF THAT PRODUCTION. THAT IS, TO INCREASE OUR PRODUCTIVITY.

AUSTRALIA'S UNIT COSTS WILL ONLY BE LOWERED IF GOVERNMENTS AID MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR TO INCREASE TECHNOLOGY AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND TO RETRAIN LABOUR FOR NEW, CHALLENGING AND SATISFYING SKILLS AND RESPONSIBILITIES. THIS THE PRESENT .

COMMONWEALTH GOVERNMENT IS DETERMINED TO DO. '

"PRODUCTIVITY" OUGHT NOT TO BE A DIRTY WORD - IT OUGHT TO BE A COMMONLY ACCEPTED NATIONAL SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC OBJECTIVE.

FOR TOO LONG AUSTRALIANS OF ALL INCOME LEVELS HAVE SOUGHT INCREASES IN THEIR INDIVIDUAL INCOMES WHILE FAILING TO ENSURE THAT AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL INCOME HAS GROWN CORRESPONDINGLY.

. IT IS WRONG TO CONDEMN WAGE EARNERS A L O N E . SOME OF THE MOST GREEDY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY EARN SALARIES OR MAKE INVESTMENTS. ' MOREOVER, THE DEMANDS MADE BY VARIOUS SECTIONAL INTERESTS UPON GOVERNMENTS HAVE RESULTED. IN GOVERNMENT TAXES' ' BEING ADDED TO THE DEMANDS OF WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS AND .

INVESTORS WITH THE RESULT THAT. LESS MONEY HAS BEEN RE-INVESTED IN AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY THAN IN COMPARABLE INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES.

AS A RESULT, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS - T H E BIGGEST CONTRIBUTORS TO PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT - HAVE BEEN RETARDED IN AUSTRALIA. ' . . - .

' THE DEPARTMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY WILL HELP.ESTABLISH- POLICIES DESIGNED TO OVERCOME THESE SHORTCOMINGS AND TO IMPROVE OUR " PRODUCTIVITY BY ASSISTING THE INTEGRATION OF CAPITAL '

INVESTMENT, TECHNOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENT AND RETRAINING FOR HIGHER SKILLS AND RESPONSIBILITIES