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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 1480


Mr Klugman (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether the Labour Department in the United States of America releases figures of jobless rates for many groups in the labour force such as teenagers, adult men, married men, adult women, married women, black workers and white workers.

(2)   If so, could his Department supply a similar break-down of figures including migrants as a statistical group.


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

(1)   The Department of Labour in the United States, in its monthly publication 'Employment and Earnings', releases figures of unemployment rates according to age (adults/teenagers), sex, marital status (both male and female), colour, industry and occupation.

(2)   The Department of Labour and National Service publishes figures of unemployment rates on a geographical basis (State by State). Data are published showing the actual numbers registered for employment at the end of each month according to age (adults/juniors), sex, broad occupational groups and for married women. There are no plans at present for the Department to publish data referring to any other categories.

Aged Persons Homes (Question No.5228)


Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for

Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   What is the (a) number and (b) percentage of persons of pensionable age who live in accommodation provided under the provisions of the Aged Persons Homes Act in each State and Territory.

(2)   What is the average capital cost of providing living units for (a) single persons and (b) married couples in each year since the inception of the Act.


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

(1)   The information is contained in the following table:

 

(2)   The information sought is contained in the answer to Question No.5032 asked upon notice by Mr W. G. Hayden (see Hansard of 28th March 1972, page No. 1292).

Pilots Dispute by Ansett Airlines of Australia (Question No. 4954)


Dr J F Cairns (LALOR, VICTORIA) ns asked the Minister for

Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   Have pilots of Ansett Airlines of Australia refused to fly with several other pilots unless they join the Air Pilots Federation, although these pilots are already members of the Pilots Guild which is a registered union.

(2)   If so, can he say whether the company facilitated and co-operated in this attempt to intimidate some of its employees.

(3)   Did the relevant Tribunal refuse an award to the Guild contrary to law and principle and thereby co-operate also in this exercise in compulsory unionism.

(4)   Has his Department tolerated and encouraged this exercise in compulsory unionism contrary to its well-known professions on the subject.

(5)   Can he say whether the Press and even the Australian Broadcasting Commission have failed or declined to give publicity to this exercise and Ansett Airlines has failed or declined to make any explanation.


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

(1)   From 1st October 1971, pilots employed by Ansett Airlines of Australia refused to fly with five Ansett pilots who were non-members of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots. This refusal arose out of a resolution passed by the Australian Federation of Air Pilots on 2nd June 1971. Three of the non-Federation member pilots were members of the Air Pilots' Guild of Australia, an organisation of pilots registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act. The refusal to fly on the part of Ansett pilots continued until 8th November when the five pilots who were the subjects of the refusal applied to join the Australian Federation of Air Pilots as either members or agency clients of the Federation.

(2)   On the 5th August 1971, after the Australian Federation of Air Pilots advised Ansett Airlines of Australia of its resolution directing members not to fly with any pilot who was not a Federation member or agency client the company notified the matter to the Flight Crew Officers' Industrial Tribunal. Later, after the Federation resolution had been implemented by member pilots employed by Ansett Airlines of Australia, the company advised the Tribunal of serious and deteriorating developments in the matter. On 5th November, by reason of the fact that the refusal to fly rendered the non-Federation member pilots unproductive, the company gave notice of termination of employment to the five pilots concerned. The notices of termination of employment were subsequently withdrawn by the company on 8th November after the Federation lifted its ban.

(3)   By letter dated 27th October 1971, the Air Pilots' Guild of Australia notified the existence of a dispute between that organisation and Ansett Airlines of Australia to the Flight Crew Officers' Industrial Tribunal. On 4th November the Tribunal formally found a dispute to exist and directed the parties to confer on the matter. The Tribunal also indicated its general intention of certifying any satisfactory agreement and of making an award if that course of action became necessary.

On 8th November, after further hearings, the Tribunal dismissed the Air Pilots' Guild's claim for an award under Section 41 (1) (d) (i) of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act, on the grounds that as all pilots employed by Ansett Airlines would in future be covered by the current Pilots' Award, to which the Australian Federation of Air Pilots is a party, there remained no grounds for making the Air Pilots' Guild of Australia party to an award.

(4)   The person constituting the Tribunal is a Deputy President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, not an officer of my Department, and my Department took no part in the proceedings before him.

(5)   Items reporting the matter referred to above appeared from time to time in the daily press. I am not in a position to comment on whether or not the matter received 'adequate' publicity. The position of Ansett Airlines of Australia was made quite clear by that company's representative in public proceedings before the Flight Crew Officers' Industrial Tribunal.







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