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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Whitlam asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

What amount and percentage of payroll tax was paid in the last financial year by -

(a)   each State Government,

(b)   semi-government authorities in each State and

(c)   local government authorities in each State.

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

For purposes of this reply State authorities have been grouped into three categories:

(a)   State authorities other than those classified (under the definitions given below) as semigovernment or local authorities. These include State departments, railways (other than the Tasmanian railways, which is classified as a semi-government authority), universities, technical colleges, forestry commissions, pastures protection boards, etc. In part (1) of the answer to Question No. 1361 the authorities in question are themselves divided into 2 categories. They are not so divided in this answer because, by reason of the secrecy provisions of the payroll tax law, the Commissioner of Taxation is unable to provide certain State-by-State dissections.

(b)   Semi-government authorities - those authorities with separately analysed accounts which are classified as semi-government authorities for national accounts purposes by the Commonwealth Statistician. Includes Tasmanian railways. (See answer to Question No. 2146.)

(c)   Local government authorities - bodies set up under Local Government Acts to carry out functions in defined areas. The County Councils in New South Wales are included in this category.

The amounts of payroll tax paid in 1969-70 by authorities in each State in each of the above 3 categories and the proportions that these amounts represented in relation to total payroll tax collections, were approximately as follows:


International Labour Conference:

Maritime Session (Question No. 2065)

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for

Labour and National Service, upon notice:

How did the Australian Government delegates vote on the instruments adopted at the Fiftyfifth (Maritime) Session of the International Labour Conference in October 1970.

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

The following instruments were adopted by the 55th (Maritime) Session of the International Labour Conference:

(a)   Convention concerning Crew Accommodation on Board Ship (supplementary provisions).

(b)   Recommendation concerning Air Conditioning of Crew Accommodation and Certain Other Spaces on Board Ship.

(c)   Recommendation concerning Control of Harmful Noise in Crew Accommodation and Working Spaces on Board Ship.

(d)   Recommendation concerning Employment Problems arising from Technical Developments on Board Ship.

(e)   Convention concerning the Prevention of Occupational Accidents to Seafarers.

(f)   Recommendation concerning the Prevention of Occupational Accidents to Seafarers.

(g)   Recommendation concerning Vocational Training of Seafarers.

(h)   Recommendation concerning Seafarers' Welfare at Sea and in Port.

The Australian Government delegates supported the adoption of all the instruments.

Citizen Military Forces (Question No. 2160)

Dr Klugman asked the Minister for the

Army, upon notice:

(1)   How many applicants for service in the Citizen Military Forces have been rejected during each of the last 5 years.

(2)   How many were rejected on medical grounds.

(3)   What were the other grounds for rejection.

(4)   Have any of the men rejected for CMF service been called-up for national service.

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

It is regretted that the answers sought cannot be provided. Recruiting for the CMF is decentralised to units and the need to maintain statistics of rejected applications has not arisen. The honourable member will appreciate that an administrative burden would be created if units were required to keep statistics which are not required by the Department.

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