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Wednesday, 12 May 1920

Mr TUDOR (YARRA, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Does he still adhere to the views expressed by him in Sydney on the18th February last that the temporary employees in the Commonwealth Public Service in New South Wales should at least be paid the minimum of £3 17s. per week recently fixed by the New South Wales Board of Trade?

2.   If so, will be instruct the Public Service Commissioner and the Minister for Defence to give effect to this forthwith?

Mr HUGHES - As I indicated yesterday, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Nepean, Commonwealth employees in New South Wales are paid under Federal Public Service awards. The Deputy President of the Arbitration Court, on 9th April, 1920, fixed the basic wage for the Commonwealth at £3 10s. per week, and this is being paid from 26th April. The adoption of State rates would involve differential Federal rates, which is not desirable or practicable.

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