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Tuesday, 6 December 1960

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - Mr. Temporary Chairman, I accept the assurance by the Prime Minister that if it comes to his notice that anything is done in respect of section 69, section 71, section 72a or proposed new section 72aa to which objection could be taken, he will have statutory amendments made at a later stage.

Mr Menzies - If I agree with any objection that is taken.

Mr CALWELL - If he agrees that something ought to be done.

Mr Menzies - That is right. The spirit of this business must be observed.

Mr CALWELL - That is how I intended to express myself. I leave it to the Prime Minister to determine whether in his opinion the spirit of the act as it will be amended by this bill is infringed or is likely to be infringed. I accept his assurance that if he feels that something that should not have been done has been done. an appropriate amendment of the act will be made. I merely state that formally. I do not wish to discuss this clause at any length.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 19 to 35 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Proposed new clause.

Section proposed to be amended - 30.- (1.) Officers of the First Division shall be paid such salaries as the Parliament provides. (2.) Officers of the Second, Third and Fourth Divisions shall be paid salaries at such rates, or in accordance with such scales of rates, as are prescribed. (3.) The regulations may, notwithstanding the classification of offices, provide for the variation of rates of salary according to variations in the cost of living.

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