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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1917

Mr Lynch asked the Minister for Labour upon notice:

(1)   Did he make a submission to Cabinet or a committee of Cabinet recommending the setting up of a new Division of Economic and Social Research within his Department.

(2)   If so, was his submission (a) agreed to, (b) rejected or (c) deferred.

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

(1)   and (2) Following the Government's election, consideration was given to implementation of the provision in the ALP Platform to establish an Office of Economic and Social Affairs and a Bureau of Industrial Statistics. Subsequently the ALP Federal Conference revised the section of its Platform dealing with these matters. It now reads:

(a)   The Statistician to establish a Bureau of Industrial Statistics to compile, compute and record uniform information concerning -

(i)   cost of living,

(ii)   productivity,

(iii)   occupational accident and disease in various industries in each State and Territory;

(b)   the Department of Labour to establish -

(ii)   an Office of Economic and Social Research, incorporating a Bureau of Industrial Information working in consultation with the Statistician, to compile and compute information on occupational accident and disease and all other matters relevant to industrial affairs for the use of the Commission, trade unions and employers' organisations;'

I and my Department are giving active consideration to the foregoing.

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