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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2594

Mr CONNOLLY —Yes, I claim to have been misrepresented at Question Time.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —He may proceed.

Mr CONNOLLY —In my question to the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis) I said that average weekly earnings for the September quarter increased by 2.1 per cent. The Minister replied that the correct figure was one per cent and questioned the veracity of my figures. I would like to clarify this point. I was referring to the normal measure for average weekly earnings which relates to total earnings of all male employees and which has always been used as a basis for statutory comparisons. The full time adult figure used by the Minister is not normally used for comparisons because it is subject to numerous variations, including male-female employment levels and, among other things, wage differentials. I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard the appropriate section from catalogue No. 6301.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —Order! It is not appropriate to incorporate that material.

Mr CONNOLLY —May I just refer to this-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER —The honourable member is going beyond the bounds of a personal explanation.

Mr CONNOLLY —I want to make just one important point.

Mr Peacock —What was the reference number of it?

Mr CONNOLLY —It was 6301, which is the Australian Bureau of Statistics report for the September quarter. The point is that nowhere in that statement is a figure of one per cent, which was quoted by the Minister. It refers quite specifically to the respective changes to the June quarter of 1983 as being 2.1 per cent, 2.7 per cent and 1.5 per cent.