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Tuesday, 10 April 1973
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Mr Garland asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   Did he state that he will support wholeheartedly the principle that future wage awards should be made on the basis of a flat rate rather than percentage increase.

(2)   Can he say whether other nations' governments have attempted to restrict wage adjustments to flat, all round rises; if so, with what result in each case.

(3)   What representations has he received from the craft unions on this matter.

(4)   Have representations been received from the Australian Council of Professional and Salaried Officers' Associations in particular; if so, what- was his response.

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   No, but If any information comes to my notice I shall advise the honourable member.

(3)   I have received numerous representations from craft unions supporting the concept of flat rate increases to the national wage.

(4)   I know of no such organisation.

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