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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2656

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice:

(1)   How many determinations have been made under section 42a of the Naval Defence Act during (a) 1968, (b) 1969, (c) 1970 and (d) 1971, to date.

(2)   Have any arrangements been made to make these determinations available to employees and associations of employees during any and each of the years since 1968; if not, why not.

(3)   If determinations have not been made available will arrangements be made as soon as possible to make them available.

Dr Mackay (EVANS, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Determinations have been made under section 42a of the Naval Defence Act 1910-1971 as follows:

(a)   1968-16

(b)   1969-31

(c)   1970-37

(d)   1971-37 (to date).

(2)   Details of the effect of determinations have been made available to employees and associations of employees as appropriate, but there has been no regular distribution of copies of the determinations to employees and associations in the years specified. The determinations have been distributed to Departmental personnel authorities in each State Administration. These are available to give information to, and answers from, employees and associations of employees. The determinations in themselves are not suitable for wide distribution to employees as much of the drafting is by reference to other legislation and also they are not in a form which facilitates incorporation of amendments in any distributed copies. To date staff shortages have prevented the completion and issue of a loose-leaf set of conditions which would avoid these difficulties.

(3)   A consolidated determination for salaried staff is in the final stages of drafting and when this has been made it will be put in a loose-leaf form suitable for reference by employees and issued to associations concerned. Similar action will be taken at a later date for determinations covering wages staff.

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