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Friday, 16 October 1970

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked' the Minister for Labour and National. Service, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Public Service Arbitration Act requires that claims made by staff associations shall be served on each Minister of State concerned as well as upon the Public Service Board itself.

(2)   Does each Minister have a statutory right to present his own views to the Arbitrator.

(3)   If so, when was the last occasion that a Minister exercised such a right.

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

(1)   Yes. Sub-section (3) of section 12 of the Public Service Arbitration Act 1920-1969 provides that the Arbitrator shall forward a copy of the claim to the Board and to the Minister of any Department of State affected by the claim,

(2)   Yes. Sub-section (4) of section12 of the Act provides that the Board and the Minister of any Department of State affected by the claim may within the prescribed time lodge either jointly or separately any objections they see fit to make to the granting of the claim.

(3)   I am informed that 22nd September 1970 was the last occasion on which a "considered reply' was received by the Public Service Arbitrator from a Minister of a Department of State. It concerns claimNo. D0l4 and was forwarded on behalf of the Minister fur Works.

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