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Wednesday, 2 May 1973
Page: 1637


Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   What increase in (a) the national wages bill and (b) unit labour costs will be caused by the introduction of long service leave for casual employees.

(2)   What increase in (a) the national wages bill and (b) unit labour costs will be caused by the introduction of long service leave for casual employees in the (i) Commonwealth Public Service, (ii) motor vehicle industry, (iii) fuel and power industries, (vi) iron and steel industries, (v) stevedoring industry, (vi) building and construction industry, and (vii) retailing industry.

(3)   Can he say what the inflationary effects will be in respect of parts (1) and (2).


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am advised that the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) The necessary statistical information to calculate estimates required by the honourable member is either not available or in the case of the Commonwealth Public Service would require the expenditure of greater staff resources for its collection than could be justified.

(3)   The inflationary effect of extending long service leave to casual employees would be unlikely to be significant and certainly would not be so great as to override equity considerations.







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