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Friday, 17 July 1931

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) . - I still cannot see why the words " unless directed by the Minister " should be retained. We are told that the Government desires to ensure to its own servants a basic wage of £3 10s. a week, but it seems to me that the inclusion of these words will make possible a reduction of this amount to any extent. In my opinion, the plan has been arranged to allow wages to fall to 40s., 35s., or even 30s. a week. If the words " unless directed by the Minister " are left out the Government will be able to reduce wages in this way.

Mr.Scullin. - That is not correct.

Mr LAZZARINI - I am able to understand plain language, and that is the meaning of my proviso, in my opinion.

Mr CHIFLEY (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I advise the honorable member to read the clause as it left this chamber.

Mr LAZZARINI - I am concerned about the proviso and not the clause.

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