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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr J R FRASER - My question to the Minister for the Interior refers to the increased tariffs shortly to operate in hostels conducted by the Department of the Interior in Canberra. Recognizing that it has been a practice for some years to apply one-third of the basic wage increase to the individual tariffs at these hostels and accepting that as a reasonable proposition when living costs have demonstrably risen, will the Minister give special consideration to married men with dependent wives and families living in at least one of the government hostels at Canberra? Will he recognize the fact that with the recent basic wage rise of 10s. a week, a married man with a dependent wife and two children will be financially worse off because of the proposed increase in tariff? Further, will the Minister discuss with the Public Service Board the general question of the payment of allowances to men who are required to serve in Canberra, and to sustain themselves and their families at hostels while awaiting the allocation of a house, so that this charge will be shown not against the administration of hostels but, more properly, against the Public Service Board or the departments with which the officers are employed?

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