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Thursday, 19 September 1985
Page: 765

(Question No. 455)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 21 August 1985:

(1) What are the guidelines that are to be followed by Service Music Directors when using Military Bands for commercial non-military work.

(2) When musicians in Defence Force bands play in the commercial sector, are they paid: (a) industrial award wages; or (b) normal forces rates of pay.

(3) Can the Minister for Defence justify that serving members of the Defence Force who perform at non-military events, if paid as in 2 (a), are usurping the conditions of employment of civilian musicians; and, if paid as in 2 (b) are presumably being paid from the Defence Force allocation for doing non-military work.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The guidelines for the employment of Service bands provide that their primary role is to meet internal Service requirements. However, subject to discharging this primary role secondary roles are also recognised. These comprise meeting State Government and Territory ceremonial requirements, activities which directly assist the public relations and recruiting interests of the Defence Force and the support of charitable and other worthy public organisations.

Before secondary role activity is permitted the effect on full-time employment of professional musicians is taken into consideration. As appropriate Service band participation may be subject to the organisers undertaking to obtain clearance from the Musicians Union.

(2) Normal forces rates of pay, which have recently been determined by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal apply.

(3) External performances by Service bands are only authorised in the circumstances indicated in the answer to question (1). Given the Public Relations and recruiting interests which are furthered by such performances I do not consider they can be classified as non-military.