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Wednesday, 13 October 1971
Page: 2337

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What percentage of all Australian employees is engaged in public employment?

Mr McMahon - The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information in reply to the honourable member's question:

It is estimated that in June 1971 civilian employees of government bodies represented approximately 23.8 percent of all civilian employees in Australia. Government employees include persons employed, within Australia, by government bodies on services such as railways, road transport, banks, post office, air transport, education (including universities), broadcasting, television, police, public works, factories and munitions establishments, departmental hospitals and institutions, migrant hostels, etc., as well as administrative employees.

If permanent defence forces in Australia and overseas and members of the Regular Army Supplement are included, the percentage of all employees becomes approximately 25.2.

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