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Thursday, 27 February 1975
Page: 901

Mr Lynch asked the Special Minister of State, upon notice:

What was the increase in the average wage in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector of the Australian economy during 1973.

Mr Lionel Bowen - The Acting Commonwealth Statistician has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

There are no official statistics that would answer the Honourable Member's question. However, figures compiled from the Statistician's survey of weekly earnings and hours conducted each October give an indication of the increase in average weekly earnings in the private and government sectors between October 1972 and 1973 for employees other than managerial, etc staff.

As shown in the following table the increase was 1 7.0 per cent in the private sector and 1 7.4 per cent in the government sector.


Care must be taken when comparing these figures, as survey data were collected from a sample of private firms, while there was complete coverage of the government sector with the exception of Local Government Authorities, which were sampled. Accordingly the resultant estimates for the private sector are subject to sampling variability, that is, variations which might occur by chance because only a sample of employees was surveyed.

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