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Thursday, 31 May 1973
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Mr Street asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

When were the arrangements made for the visit to Canada by officers of his Department, referred to in my question without notice on 25 May 1973 (Hansard, page 2680).


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

The proposal for the visit was put to the Overseas Visits Committee on 16 February 1973 and approved by the Commonwealth on 2 March 1973.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Protection Policy Division (Question No. 666)


Mr Peacock (KOOYONG, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What will be the functions of the Protection Policy Division now being established in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(2)   To what extent does the establishment of this Division represent a transfer of functions relating to protection policy from (a) the Department of Secondary Industry or (b) the Department of Overseas Trade.

(3)   If a transfer of functions is involved, what will be the remaining functions relating to protection policy of (a) the Department of Secondary Industry and (b) the Department of Overseas Trade.


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

(1)   The functions of the Protection Policy Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet are:

(a)   Advice to the Prime Minister on protection policy, including the tariff and other forms of selective assistance to industries.

(b)   Co-ordinate activities of Departments in protection policy matters.

(c)   Analyse and evaluate existing protection policy and proposals for change.

(d)   Draft Cabinet Submissions on protection policy matters.

(e)   Drafting of references to the Tariff Boardin consultation with other interested departments, for consideration by the Prime Minister.

(f)   Administer the Tariff Board Act 1921-1972.

(2)   and (3) The establishment of this Division does not represent a transfer of functions from either the Department of Secondary Industry or the Department of Overseas Trade, which were created without either Department having responsibility for the administration of the Tariff Board Act. At the time of the creation of the two new Departments it was announced that administration of the Tariff Board Act, except to the extent to which it is administered by the Minister for Customs and Excise, would transfer to me.

An important area of the activities of the new Division is the co-ordination of views and action at departmental level to ensure that all relevant considerations are taken into account during the preparation of departmental advice to Ministers on tariff and other forms of selective assistance to industries. It follows that the two departments named and other departments will have a role in tariff matters and other forms of selective assistance of relevance to their responsibilities.

Worker Participation in Industry (Question No. 673)


Mr Lamb asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) industries, (b) businesses and

(c)   factories in (i) each State and (ii) Australia are operated on (a) a workers' co-operative basis, (b) a workers' participation basis and (c) a workers' profit sharing basis.

(2)   How many workers are involved in aggregate in each of the classifications in part (1).

(3)   How much revenue or income is received by each classification as compared with the corresponding aggregate income for all corresponding enterprises.


Mr Charles Jones - The Acting Minister for Labour has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: (1), (2) and (3) With the exception of some information relating to profit sharing, there are no published or readily available statistics relating to the information requested by the honourable member. The subject is highly complex particularly as regards definition and the collection of relevant statistics would require the expenditure of staff resources already involved in other high priority work.

As regards profit sharing, however, a survey of wage incentive schemes carried out by my Department among a broad cross-section of Australian firms, and published in 1969, showed that 3 per cent of the 1,327 firms covered had profit sharing schemes and, of the 154,955 employees employed by firms found to operate some form of wage incentive scheme, 3 per cent were covered by a profit sharing scheme.

Worker Participation in Industry (Question No. 674)


Mr Lamb asked the Minister for Labour, upon notice:

Has the Government considered ways to implement workers' co-operatives and workers' participation in management or profits so as to assist and encourage the working people of Australia to participate more equitably in the profits of industry as well as to reduce industrial unrest.


Mr Charles Jones - The Acting Minister for Labour has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

There are constitutional limitations on the Australian Parliament's power to legislate in relation to matters referred to in the honourable member's question. However, the Government has taken steps to ensure adequate trade union representation on Government created bodies. As regards the Government's objective of ensuring that workers receive an equitable share of this country's growing wealth the Government, in the recently concluded National Wage Case before the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, made submissions in support of increases in award wage rates and the minimum wage. As the honourable member will be aware a Bill is currently before Parliament to make far-reaching amendments to the Conciliation and Arbitration Act including the removal of the Penal Provisions which aggravate relationships between employers and employees. Adoption of the amendments will provide a healthier industrial relations climate within which parties may operate.







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