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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 995

Senator BONNER (QUEENSLAND) - Is the Minister representing the Posmaster-General aware of the working conditions of commercial radio announcers? Is he aware that their award wage is less than $50 a week, and that this award wage was fixed in 1956? Is he also aware that announcers sometimes work as many as 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, without extra reimbursement?

Senator GREENWOOD - I am not aware of those facts. I am surprised - I think I would say alarmed - by them because it would appear to me to be extraordinary if that were the case. I do not know what industrial organisation the radio announcers have, but such an organisation is usually an effective and useful means by which these matters are kept in balance. I will convey the honourable senator's question to the PostmasterGeneral for examination and arrange for information to be supplied.

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