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Thursday, 26 September 1974
Page: 1481

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Leader of the Australian Country Party in the Senate) - Yesterday Senator Scott, in speaking to this Bill, made a point about the owner-operator allowance. As the Minister knows, the wheat grower today is a man of many parts. He can work at quite a number of trades, as well as having managerial experience and being a bit of a scientist. The Government has decided that the owner-operator allowance should be based on what is paid to a leading hand under the Pastoral Award of 1968, which I understand is $3181 per annum. That has been written into this agreement as an item of cost. I should like from the Minister an assurance that he will consider this matter in the future as a cost item in the indexing for the other 4 years that lie ahead. I know that the Minister has spoken about this matter to organisations outside this Parliament but I believe, as Senator Scott said yesterday, that the Minister should consider giving us such assurance in the Senate.

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