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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3429

Senator WILLESEE (Western Australia) (Minister for Foreign Affairs) - by leave- Pursuant to sub-section 12D (5) of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973-1974, I table the Academic Salaries Tribunal 1974 Review. This is the first review made by the Academic Salaries Tribunal, which was established on 16 October 1974. It provides for the first adjustment of academic salaries since 1 January 1973 apart from the flow on of national wage case decisions. The Academic Salaries Tribunal is empowered to determine salaries to be paid to academics in the Territories. For institutions in the States its function is to recommend salary levels to be used as a basis for making grants to the States for recurrent expenditure in institutions of tertiary education. As well as requiring that copies of determinations or reports by the Tribunal be tabled the Act provides that either House of the Parliament may, within 15 sitting days of a copy of a determination being laid before it, pass a resolution disapproving of that determination.

The Tribunal's 1974 Review was received by the Government today and it has been tabled immediately to enable adjustments to academic salaries to be put into effect with a minimum of delay. The Tribunal's determination is effective from 16 October 1974 and it has proposed that all academic salaries be adjusted from that date. To provide funds for these recommended salary levels to be paid to academics in the States, it is necessary to amend States Grants legislation in respect of universities and colleges of advanced education. The Government proposes to introduce this amending legislation in the autumn session. Printed copies of the Review will not become available until the end of this week. However, a few copies are now available for perusal in the Senate Records Office. The Government wishes to record its appreciation to Mr Justice Campbell who constitutes the singlemember Academic Salaries Tribunal for his early attention to this Review, having completed it in less than 2 months after the establishment of the Tribunal. I move:

That the Senate take note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Senator Withers) adjourned.

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