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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister for Works and Railways) .- I cannot see my way to accept the amendment. Honorable members know that the Basic Wage Commission has been conducting all over Australia an entirely new inquiry. I have no intention of asking the Committee to accept any finding until we are in a position to know exactly what we are doing. It would be ridiculous to ask the Committee to accept in the dark the results of the Commission whether they may or may not be detrimental to the Public Service. We cannot tell what the recommendation of the Commission will be. It was appointed for the purpose of gaining information, and making _a report. The amendment refers to the Basic Wage Commission " or other body duly constituted for the purpose of fixing a basic wage." I will not ask honorable members to accept the recommendation of any body unless the House first knows how it is constituted.

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