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Thursday, 30 September 1971
Page: 1833

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

What are the latest available figures on (a) the total number of unions in Australia and (b) the number of unions with a membership of less than (i) 1,000 members, (ii) 1,000 to 1,999, (iii) 2,000 to 4,999, (iv) 5,000 to 9,999, (v) 10,000 to 19,999, (vi) 20,000 to 29,999, (vii) 30,000 to 39,999, (viii) 40,000 to 49,999, (ix) 50,000 to 59,999, (x) 60,000 to 79,999, (xi) 80,000 to 100,000 and (xii) over 100,000.

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

The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information:

(a)   At the end of December 1970 there were 305 separate trade unions recorded in Australia.

(b)   These have been classified as set out below in accordance with the size groupings specified by the honourable member. The last two of the groupings specified have been combined to ensure compliance with the confidentiality provisions of the Census and Statistics Act.


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