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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (2:43 AM) . - I want to explain subparagraph (c) of paragraph 1 (a). I have not dealt with that yet. We seek to amend subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (b) of subclause 1 (a) because it provides that if the employee is a minor who is not entitled, under the terms of an award, to the adult rate, the compensation to which he shall be entitled shall be limited to £7 5s. a week. What about a minor who, though not entitled to the adult rate under the award under which he is working, is in fact receiving the adult rate? It frequently happens in the shearing industry, the industry with which I am most familiar, that rouseabouts who are not legally entitled to the adult award rate are considered to be so useful and perhaps even so much better than adults at their work of picking up that the average squatter is happy to pay them the adult rate for a picker-up even though they are minors. I know that the honorable member for Hume (Mr. Anderson) does it. Under the Government's proposal, if an employee was receiving the male rate under an award which did not in fact entitle him to that rate, then, from that male rate which he was receiving prior to the injury, he would be reduced immediately to the proposed new rate of £7 5s. a week. Here again we say that the amount which the minor should receive is the amount that he was receiving at the time of the injury, and no less. Without belabouring the point - it has been mentioned several times already - we trust that the committee will see the justice of our proposal and accept it.

Question put -

That the clause proposed to be omitted (Mr. Clyde Cameron's amendment) stand part of the bill.

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