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Wednesday, 25 February 1942

Mr CURTIN - The honorable member will know that parliamentary committees were set up by the previous Administration, and fees were prescribed. The previous Government also set up the Man-power and Resources Survey Committee, for which different fee were fixed. This Government standardized those fees as from the 1st January. Notices were late in being sent out. The rates are as set out in the notifications sent to the chairmen of the committees, and are not related at all to the pegging of wages or hours of labour; they are what is considered by the Government to be a reasonable allowance for expenses which members incur while doing work which is a little outside their ordinary duties.

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