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SUPERANNUATION AND OTHER BENEFITS LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1986

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce (Senator Button)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate ensued.

Senator Messner moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate-

(a) expresses its concern that the level of discounting of superannuation, Defence Forces Retirement Benefits (DFRB) and Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits (DFRDB) pensions imposed by the legislation has not yet been proposed in a National Wage Case, let alone given effect by a decision of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, and notes that:

(i) the Bill imposes on Commonwealth superannuants, without consultation, a burden greater than that proposed for the community generally, in that it will come into effect before equivalent discounting of wages is even considered,

(ii) discounting of DFRB and DFRDB pensions further erodes conditions of service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) at a time when ADF resignations are at near-crisis level, and

(iii) the Bill breaks, for the second time, Labor's 1983 election promise not to cut DFRB and DFRDB benefits; and

(b) calls on the Government to direct the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal, as a matter of urgency, to inquire into the adequacy of pay and conditions of service in the ADF compared with those in the private sector and public service''.

Debate continued.

Ordered-That the debate be adjourned till the next day of sitting, and that the Minister for Finance (Senator Walsh) have leave to continue his speech on the resumption of the debate.

And it being 7 p.m.-