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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) .- The explanation of the right honorable the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) is as illuminating as the speech he delivered in moving the second reading of the bill. He cannot deny the contention of honorable members on this side of the chamber that, in addition to making provision for the appointment of another Minister with a portfolio, each Minister is to receive an extra £100 annually. In referring to the importance of several departments the right honorable gentleman overlooked the fact that he neglected to provide a Minister to deal with employment, which is of greater importance than the work handled by all other departments. While the Government is doing all in its power to lower the standard of living of the workers, it is providing that every Minister with a portfolio is to receive an additional £100 annually. If any one can prove thatafter the Assistant Treasurer (Mr. Casey) has been promoted to full cabinet rank, £12,600 is insufficient to cover the ministerial allowances on the present basis we may reconsider our decision. I support the amendment moved by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) that the amount be reduced from £13,500 to £12,600.

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