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Wednesday, 13 May 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

Why is a basic salary of only $107 1 -$1180 per annum paid to qualified New Guinean tradesman when the actual salary and allowance for expatriate tradesmen working in New Guinea is $3660-$3949 per annum for single men, with an additional allowance of $360 per annum for married employees.

Mr Barnes (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - The answer to the honourable members question is as follows:

The basic salary of $1071-$1180 per annum was fixed by the Public Service Arbitrator in 1967 for qualified Papuan and New Guinean tradesmen in the Territory Public Service. That decision dealt with the salaries of local public servants generally. Copies are available in the Parliamentary Library. Overseas tradesmen receive the same basic salary plus an overseas allowance to bring their remunerationto a level comparable with that payable for corresponding kinds of work in Australia, plus a Territory allowance. The allowance of $360 per annum is an additional payment for married male overseas employees. A new claim in relation to the salaries of local public servants is currently the subject of proceedings under the Public Services Concilialion and Arbitration Ordinance 1969.

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