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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4592


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice: lt is a fact that the incidence of over-award payment is increasing each year; if so, what was the increase in each of the last 5 years?


Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

No direct comprehensive measure of the incidence of over-award payments over this period is available.

The Commonwealth Statistician publishes a statistical scries on average weekly earnings per employed male unit and another series showing the weighted average minimum weekly wage rate index for adult males. Figures for the last 5 years are set out below:

 

These 2 series have different coverages and comparisons between them should be treated with reserve, but it is reasonable to infer from the figures that over-award payments have increased faster than minimum wage rates, especially in the last 2 years.







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