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Friday, 19 November 1965


Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - Very little.


Mr Bury - It is five years now.


Mr Snedden - The judges received their last increase in 1960.


Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - Yes. But the increase proposed for the judges under this Bill is 23 per cent. The workers have not received a 23 per cent. increase in their wages and salaries over the last five years.


Mr Griffiths - They have never received that in their lives.


Mr CALWELL (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - The situation is even worse than I have stated because those on the basic wage have received nothing. The August increase was a margins increase. The economy, we were told by a majority of members of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission, could not afford any greater increase to the wage and salary earners of Australia. So, it is obvious that one rule is operating for the judges and another rule is operating for the workers. If the Government maintains that all wages and salaries must be held despite rising prices in order to avoid inflation - as I have said, there has been a lot of inflation over the last 16 years - how can it justify such a massive exception in favour of those most responsible for the wage pegging decision? Therefore, we intend to oppose these Bills as a protest against the refusal of wage justice to the wage and salary earners by the majority of members of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.







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