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Thursday, 18 May 1972
Page: 1783

Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service. Is the Minister aware that an unemployed station hand with 5 children receives $47.50 a week from Commonwealth unemployment benefits whereas a station hand working 44 hours a week, under the court prescribed conditions of the Federal pastoral award, receives only $46.40 a week? Does he agree that it is not in the public inerest that this ridiculous situation should continue? Will he endeavour to persuade the Government to intervene in support of another application by the Australian Workers Union to rectify this anomalous situation?

Senator WRIGHT - The figures which the honourable senator presents certainly show a position which 1 think he correctly describes as ridiculous. I shall have the figures checked and see what is the appropriate comment.

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