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Wednesday, 1 September 1993
Page: 830

(Question No. 75)


Senator Short asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 6 May 1993:

  (1) What funding, grant or other form of payment, has the department and its agencies approved to trade unions since 1 July 1992, in each case, please provide details of: (a) the name of the trade union; (b) the purpose of the funding; and (c) under what program was the funding made.

  (2) Are there any proposals for further funding to trade unions; if so, please provide details on the amount, recipient and purpose of the funding.


Senator Bolkus —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

  (1) I am advised that no funding or grants to trade unions have been approved by the Department or portfolio agencies in the period since July 1992. Travel expenses of the Public Sector Union have been met as follows:

Attorney-General's Department

  The Australian Protective Service (APS) has met travel costs totalling approximately $3,400 for the Public Sector Union to send a national representative to attend five consultative forums with APS management.

  Auscript has met travelling costs totalling $276.00 for fares for the Public Sector Union to send a national representative to a workplace bargaining meeting in June 1993.

  The Resources Group has met travelling costs totalling $899.10 for the Public Sector Union to send a national representative to attend a LOIS Staff Association meeting (fares $423.84) and for a representative to attend discussions on Performance Management for Senior Officers (travelling allowance $475.25).

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

  The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has met travelling costs totalling $1410 (fares $1188 and travelling allowance $222) for the Public Sector Union to send national representatives to Brisbane and Melbourne to attend workplace bargaining seminars for AAT staff.

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has met travel costs totalling $1,404 (fares $1,029 and travelling allowance $375) being half the costs for a Public Sector Union national industrial officer to travel with DPP staff to regional offices to participate in joint awareness sessions on agency bargaining for all DPP staff.

Family Court of Australia

  The Family Court of Australia has met travelling costs totalling $1471 for a Public Sector Union representative to attend workplace bargaining meeting and seminars.

Human Rights amd Equal Opportunity Commission

  The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has met travelling costs totalling $468 for a member of the Sex Discrimination in Over Awards Payments Advisory Committee to attend a meeting.

  (2) I am advised that there are no proposals to provide funding or grants to trade unions. It is expected that similar management-union consultative forums will be held in the year to 1 July 1994 to which Public Sector Union representatives would be invited to attend. On that assumption, some travel expenses of the union are likely to be met.