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Friday, 25 September 1942

Senator AYLETT - Is it not a fact that some of the assistants to Ministers are working in an honorary capacity for over 90 per cent, of the time they are free from their parliamentary work?

Senator COLLINGS - I have nothing further to say on the subject. All of the answers that I gave yesterday were true.

Senator JAMES McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - In reply to the question I asked yesterday on this matter, the Minister for the Interior stated that no fees are paid, but travelling expenses at the rate of £2 2s. a day are allowed, although, when the transport provided includes subsistence, quarter rates only arc paid. Therefore, a member still receives 10s. a day while travelling on a boat.

Senator COLLINGS - I have nothing to add to the replies which I' gave yesterday. They were true then and are true to-day.

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