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Thursday, 29 October 1964

Senator COLE (Tasmania) (Leader of the Australian Democratic Labour Party) . - I should like to mention a report that has been circulated in the newspapers to the effect that I am lucky enough to be, as it were, among the Ministers of State. It has been claimed that I, being leader of the third party in this Parliament, will receive the £1,000 that is paid to the leader of a party. I should like to correct that.

Senator Hendrickson - The honorable senator's party is not the third party; it is the fourth party.

Senator COLE - The honorable senator should explain that to the newspaper reporters. The fact is that I receive no allowance for being the leader of my party. I have read the Bills very carefully and have noted that, in brackets, certain conditions are laid down under which the leader of the third party may receive increased emoluments. I think the unwritten law is that there should be at least 10 members of a party in the Parliament before any allowance is paid to the leader of that party. I should like to have the statement in the newspapers corrected. The newspapers throughout Australia have said that I will receive £1,000 more than I will actually receive.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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