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Tuesday, 10 November 1964

Senator GORTON (Victoria) (Minister for Works and Minister in Charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research) . - I present the following paper.

Academic Salaries- Report of Inquiry (by Mr. Justice R. M. Eggleston), dated 30th October 1964.

I ask for leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator McKellar). - There being no objection, leave is granted.

Senator GORTON - This is a report by Mr. Justice Eggleston and his committee. Honorable senators will remember that the committee was appointed by the Government to make suggestions as to the level of academic salaries. The report recommends a standard salary for professors of £5,200 and for associate professors of £4,300. The report indicates also that the committee made assumptions as to a range of salaries for lecturers and senior lecturers, beginning at £2,400 a year in the case of lecturers and going to a maximum of £3,800 in the case of senior lecturers.

The Commonwealth Government proposes to accept all the recommendations made in the report. It is hoped that legislation will be introduced during this session in order to enable the salaries recommended by the committee to be financed as from 1st January of this calendar year.

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