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Friday, 17 July 1931

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) (Prime Minister) .- I move-

That the amendment be agreed to.

This amendment was made to remove an anomaly. When the bill was before this committee it was proposed to make a reduction of £34 with respect to all salaries of male and female officers, but it was pointed out that, under the cost of living adjustments, the rates had not been increased as much for females as for males. It was agreed to remove the injustice, but the amendment that was made was wrong. The Public Service Board has drawn attention to the necessity to correct what was done. If this amendment now made by the Senate were not agreed to, a female adult would draw more money than a male adult for the same class of work; under it the difference between the respective salaries is maintained at £6.

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