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Tuesday, 13 October 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will be arrange to include in ail future issues of the Labour Report an intelligible table showing the productivity per unit of work force in the various manufacturing industries in each year since these statistics were first compiled.

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

As stated in the answer given on 16 April 1970 to question No. 325 asked, by the honourable member, there are no official statistics showing productivity (i.e. 'production at constant prices) per unit of work force in manufacturing industries. As indicated in that answer it is possible to derive some estimates of this type using the Commonwealth Statistician's annual indexes of factory production and work force particulars from the annual factory censuses on which the indexes are based.

I am advised by the Statistician that he intends to examine the desirability of compiling and publishing such measures along conventional lines despite their significant conceptual limitations. It will be necessary to give attention to technical problems including some that arise from the changes and developments associated with the introduction (as from 1968-69) of the integrated censuses. The Statistician does not expect lo complete the study of these technical problems until after the forthcoming re-basing of his factory production indexes as at 1968-69. This work is expected to be completed during the second half of 1971.

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