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Thursday, 22 November 1973
Page: 2030

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - Has the Minister for the Media noted that it has been reported that journalists employed on metropolitan daily newspapers have, as a result of an arbitrated decision, been awarded wage and salary increases? Will the Minister confer with the General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission to ensure that the base rate for ABC journalists is brought into line with the increased rates applying to journalists working for metropolitan dailies?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have already conferred with the General Manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission who has informed me that the full details of the metropolitan dailies award are not available as yet and therefore at this stage it is too early to make a comparison of pay rates. Penalty rates of pay have to be taken into account, of course, in the making of a comparison. As the honourable senator will know, journalists employed by the Commission and also by Radio Australia recently were granted for the first time penalty rates for weekend work. I can assure the honourable senator that the matter he has raised has not been overlooked by me. I think it is fair to say that since the Government assumed office more has been done by the Commission to improve the working conditions of journalists in its employ than had ever been done previously.

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