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Wednesday, 11 November 1964


Senator HENTY (Tasmania) (Minister for Civil Aviation) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to provide for increased salaries for the occupants of the statutory offices of Public Service Arbitrator, Senior Commissioner, Commissioners and Conciliators of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and the Chairmen and Members of the Taxation Boards of Review. The new salaries will be effective from' 1st November 1964. On 28th October 1964 in the second reading speech on the Bill leading to the Salaries (Statutory Offices) Adjustment Act 1964 the Minister for Defence (Senator Paltridge) said -

The salaries for the remainder of the offices not within the jurisdiction of the Public Service Board will he individually reviewed by the Government and the appropriate increases applied as from 1st November 1964. Because the salaries are pro vided from special appropriations, legislation covering the offices of the Public Service Arbitrator, the Senior Commissioner, Commissioners and Conciliators of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and the Chairmen and Members of the Taxation Boards of Review, with effect from 1st November in each instance, will be introduced before the end of the present session of Parliament.

The reasons which led the Government to determine the new salary levels for Permanent Heads and holders of statutory offices were traversed in that second reading speech and appear at page 1390 of the " Parliamentary Debates ". The effect of the Bill is to increase as indicated the salaries of the holders of the statutory offices appearing in the First Schedule. As to the Chairmen and Members of the Taxation Boards of Review, the effect of the proposed amendment will be to provide a salary of £6,250 for each of the three Chairmen and a salary of £5,400 for each of tha six Members. I commend the Bill to the Senate.

Debate (on motion by Senator Cohen) adjourned.







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