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Tuesday, 10 November 1953

Dr EVATT (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire _ to ask .the Prime Minister a question tin relation to the Public Service regulation, or regulations, governing .the .adjustment of Public Service .salaries by reference to the cost of living. .1 understand that the Government has .a matter from the Public Service Arbitrator -under consideration which is likely to -result in the submission to .the House of a Public Service regulation. Will the Prime Minister inform me whether that is so? If his answer is in the affirmative,, .can he state when the regulation will be submitted to the House? Finally, will he give an assurance .that .sufficient time will be given to honorable .members to debate the regulation ?

MENZIES.- If ii regulation is involved - and I cannot answer offhand whether it is - then, naturally, it will be subject to the usual rules governing the submission, of regulations, and any honorable member who wishes to move for the disallowance of the regulation may do so.

Dr Evatt - The regulation must bc i aided within fifteen, sitting days after it becomes operative. Will it be submitted to the House in reasonable time?

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