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Wednesday, 8 September 1920

Mr LAVELLE (Calare) .- The Minister (Mr. Groom) unintentionally made out an excellent case for the amendment. He said he could not accept it because the Basic Wage Commi3sion is engaged in collecting evidence all over Australia. To my mind that is a reason why the finding of the Commission should be accepted. Surely the Commission will be in a position, as a result of its inquiries, to arrive at a fair and reasonable basic wage. If the Government do not intend to accept the findings of the Commission I cannot see what good purpose can be served by its appointment. Are the Government deliberately humbugging the people? The inquiry is costing the community tens of thousands of pounds, but apparently the Government intend to take no notice of the Commission's findings. If the Government sincerely desire to allow the public servants to obtain justice they will gladly accept the amendment. By doing so they will instil into the minds of public servants a feeling of security, because they will know that they will not receive less than the basic wage recommended by the Commission.

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