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Thursday, 4 April 1968

Mr Webb (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

1.   How many fines have been imposed by the Commonwealth Industrial Court on trade unions in Australia during (a) 1967 and (b) 1968 to date?

2.   In each case what was the (a) name of the union, (b) amount of the penalty and (c) nature of the offence?

Mr Bury - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows: 1. (a) 1967-50 fines.

(b)   1st January-20th March 1968-315 fines.

2.   The information sought is set out in the following schedule.


University Statistics

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to a question asked by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Whitlam) on various university matters (Question No. 382, published on pages 2850-2853 of Hansard for November 8 1967) contained errors, of which the honourable gentleman has been notified by letter, in parts 4, 8 and 15.

The relevant questions and their amended answers with comments are:

4.   How many Commonwealth scholars were enrolled in the first year of their courses at each university this year?


Wales and South Australia as a result of changes in the secondary school systems of those States.

The number of Commonwealth scholars enrolled for the first year at Monash University in 1967 now appears as514.

8.   How many Commonwealth scholars failed in (a) the first year and (b) the later years of their courses at each university last year?


The figures originally given in the answer to part X were provided by State Education Departments which have been handling the detailed administration of the affairs of Commonwealth university scholars on our behalf. The figures for New South Wales in column (b) have been revised and a footnote has been added to the answer to part 8 explaining the circumstances under which a student's results have been counted as a failure. This definition is consistent with that on which previous answers to similar questions were based.

15.   What (a) amount and (b) percentage of fees received by each university in that year was paid by the Commonwealth?


The answer to part 15 nowrefers only to fees paid in respect of Commonwealth university (undergraduate) scholars which was the basis used in previous years in replying to similar questions. The figures provided in the previous reply contained, in addition to money paid in fees for Commonwealth university (undergraduate) scholars, amounts paid in respect of Commonwealth postgraduate awards. Of course, there are other payments to the universities by the Commonwealth in the nature of fees for which comprehensive statistics are not available: included in this category would be payments for sponsored students, e.g. Colombo Plan students, cadetships and free places.

There is one further important point to note about the answer to part 15. The percentages in the second column show the relationship between student fees, as defined, paid by the Commonwealth and students' fees paid from all sources as used in the answer to part 14. The two sets of figures used to calculate percentages in part 15(b) are not strictly comparable. The figures in part 15 (a) include fees paid to student unions, etc., whereas the part 14 figures exclude these; again the part 14 figures include an unknown element for post-graduate fees. The amounts involved are relatively small but would, if known, require a small variation in the percentages given in the answer to part 15.

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