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Wednesday, 14 October 1931
Page: 721

Mr MARR (Parkes) .- One of . the decisions of the Premiers Conference in June last, was that Commonwealth and State Governments should reduce their adjustable expenditure by 22 J per cent. The Parliament of New South Wales applied that deduction to State public servants, but took into account the unemployment tax of ls. in the £1. The Commonwealth public servant resident in New South Wales was subject to the same percentage reduction of salary, but has to pay the unemployment, tax also. Thus he is placed at a disadvantage in comparison with the State public servant. The Minister in charge of the bill has. stated that regulations will be promulgated to allow the Commonwealth public servant to take credit for his payment of State unemployment relief tax. I can see no objection to this measure. I remind the honorable ' member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) that members of this Parliament reduced their own salaries by 20 per cent.; in addition those who represent New South Wales Iia ve to pay the State unemployment tax of ls. in the £1.

Mr Ward - Are they not to be relieved in that regard ? Will they not have to pay only 6d. in the £1 on income over £500?

Mr MARR - This measure will not give that relief. But in any case does not the honorable member consider that members of the Commonwealth Parliament are entitled to bc placed on the same footing as the members of the New South Wales Parliament?

Mr Ward - Members of the New South Wales Parliament did not cut oldage pensions.

Mr MARR - Much is heard about the Government's- action with regard to oldage pensions. Undoubtedly, it has caused hardship, but it was inevitable. The Government tried to alleviate the position by making the reduction only 12£ per cent. I am confident that, if the bill is studied closely, and attention paid to the lucid explanation that was made by the Prime Minister, it will be agreed that the measure is a legitimate endeavour to bring about equity of treatment between Commonwealth' and State public servants. The committee should agree that Commonwealth public servants are entitled to at least the same treatment that is extended by State governments to State public servants.

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