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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 983

Mr Grassby asked the Minister for

Labour and National Service, upon notice:

(1)   How many stevedoring companies are operating in Australia.

(2)   How many of these companies are (a) Australian owned and controlled and (b) overseas owned and controlled.

(3)   What are the names of the overseas owned and controlled stevedoring companies.

(4)   What (a) proportion and (b) number of Australian waterside workers is employed by overseas owned and controlled stevedoring companies.

(5)   How many persons, other than waterside workers, are now employed on the Australian waterfront and what proportion of these persons is employed by overseas owned and controlled stevedoring companies.

Mr Lynch - The Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority has provided me with the following information in answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   There are 106 employers of waterside workers at Australian ports registered with the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority pursuant to the provisions of section 28 of the Stevedoring Industry Act. Not all registered employers are regularly engaged in stevedoring operations. Some are private individuals, some are companies (either private or public) and some are government instrumentalities.

(2)   The detailed information sought in the honourable member's question is not readily available. Endeavours are being made to obtain this information, and if and when it is available, I shall forward it to the honourable member.

(3)   See answer to 2 above.

(4)   See answer to 2 above. However, not all waterside workers are employed directly by operational stevedores. Of the 14,592 waterside workers registered at 46 Australian ports at 30th June 1972, 11,671 at 21 ports were permanently employed. Of these permanent employees, 8,218 or 70.4 per cent were employed by operational stevedores, and the remainder were employed by the Holding Company, Stevedoring Employers of Australia Limited.

(5)   The Authority is unable to provide an answer to this question as waterfront employees other than waterside workers are not subject to a statutory registration system.

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