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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1945

Senator DEVITT asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Prime Minister aware of the possibility of a serious worsening of the employment position in Tasmania following the expenditure of special Commonwealth grants provided to help employment in that Stale.

(2)   Has the Prime Minister had urgent representations from the Tasmanian Premier, Mr Reece, requesting further immediate financial aid towards preventing a worsening of the position.

(3)   Will the Government hear this request with the utmost sympathy and act quickly to prevent a return to the conditions which prevailed immediately prior to the allocation of the last unemployment grant.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONThe Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   and (2) I have received representations from the Tasmanian Premier along the lines referred to by the honourable senator.

(3)   I am informed that arrangements are already in hand for reviewing the scheme of giants for employment creating works in nonmetropolitan areas.

Senator WRIGHT - On 23rd February Senator Cavanagh asked me the following question without notice:

I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and National Service a question which perhaps could be directed also to the AttorneyGeneral. In the 1970 report of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission did Sir Richard Kirby refer to the need for 2 additional commissioners to be appointed? Was one appointment only made in the ensuing 12 months? In his 1971 report did Sir Richard Kirby express the urgent necessity for a new appointment of a commissioner and a further judge to replace Mr Justice Gallagher? Has any appointment been made, as requested? If not, when will the 2 appointments be made?

In the course of my reply I said that I would ascertain from the Minister what proposals for filling vacancies in the membership of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission he was prepared to disclose. The Minister for Labour and National Service has provided me with the following information:

In his Report for the year ended 13th August 1970 the President of the Commission said that there was a need for the appointment of 2 new Commissioners, one early in the New Year to replace Mr Commissioner Winter. Mr Commissioner Stanton was appointed on Sth April 1971. In his Report for the year ended 13th August 1971 the President said that the need for another Commissioner still urgently existed as well as a Judge to replace Mr Justice Gallagher. On 23rd May 1972 Mr Justice Franki, a Deputy President of the Commission, became a Judge of the Com monwealth Industrial Court and as from the same date Mr J. T. Ludeke, Q.C. was appointed a Deputy President of the Commission.

There is a need for further appointments to the Commission, but the nature and number of these appointments will be affected by the outcome of the consideration by Parliament of the Bill to amend the Conciliation and Arbitration Act.

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