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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr McMAHON (Lowe) (Minister for Labour and National Service) (2:42 AM) . - This amendment is rejected also. I cannot add anything to what has been said already about the proposal to amend subparagraph (a) (i) of paragraph (Ia). There are so many sub-clauses that I find that the only way to identify the proposal here. The amendment is rejected because there is no logical basis for it other than an attempt to pay a man something between £20 and £25 a week for five years. We can see no logical basis for that idea.

As to paragraph (b) relating to weekly payments, it is now contemplated that, instead of the provision of what is considered to be a fair sum, the full weekly wage that has been paid to the employee should continue to be paid to him. Under no other legislation, nor, for that matter, in private employment, is there provision for payments as generous as the full amount a man was receiving immediately prior to the date on which he was injured. For that reason, the second proposed amendment will also be rejected.

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