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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2199

Senator Baume asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice:

(   1 ) Why was the interim review of academic salaries confined to university salaries.

(2)   Why did it not include a special study of salaries at colleges of advanced education.

(3)   Will the Minister inform the Senate as to whether there is a fixed relativity between academic salaries at universities and at colleges of advanced education, in view of the proposal contained in a press statement made on 14 July 1974 that "the outcome of the interim review would have application also for colleges of advanced education ' '.

(4)   Will this relativity be maintained in a fixed relationship so that alterations in the salaries of one group will automatically flow onto the other.

Senator Willesee - The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) There was no Interim Review. Under the Remuneration Tribunals Act 1974, which received the Royal Assent on 16 October, an Academic Salaries Tribunal has been established. The Tribunal has advised the Government that it will undertake an early review of academic salaries under the Act. This review will include all academic staff in both the universities and the colleges of advanced education. The Tribunal expects to complete the review before the end of 1974.

(3)   and (4) Relativities between academic staff in universities and colleges of advanced education will henceforth be a matter for the Academic Salaries Tribunal.

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