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Thursday, 4 October 1984
Page: 1191


Senator GARETH EVANS (Attorney-General)(11.46) —What Senator Jessop's contribution utterly fails to take into account is that the decision made by the Tribunal in relation to these officers was completely in accordance with the wage fixing principles applied by the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission to the wage and salary earners in the community at large. This simply represents a catch-up for a slippage which had occurred in terms of those salaries keeping pace with the consumer price index. It was further proposed, and it is relevant from the terms of the Bill, that that catch-up should be phased in, with 6 per cent effective from 1 July 1984 and 5.7 per cent from 1 January 1985. There is nothing in the Bill which attracts or deserves anything like the criticism that has been directed to it by Senator Jessop. There has been nothing selective in the way in which the Government and its organs have approached wage entitlement determination.