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Mr Young's parliamentary pension should be reviewed



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MEDIA RELEASE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

S E N A T O R T O N Y M E S S N E R SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

THE SENATE 57/88

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MR YOUNG'S PARLIAMENTARY PENSION SHOULD BE REVIEWED

The Government must review Mr Young's parliamentary superannuation payout in the light of his consultancy job with Qantas.

Senator Tony Messner, Shadow Minister for Communications, said that Mr Willis, as the Minister responsible for the Remuneration Tribunal, has an obligation to investigate whether Mr Young's appointment to Qantas is justification for reducing his parliamentary retirement pension.

In 1983, the Hawke Government changed the law to restrict superannuation payouts to former Members of Parliament who subsequently took up employment in the public sector.

A company like Qantas would fall within the scope of the Government legislation.

Mr Young's pension can only be reduced if Mr Willis gives notice that his job with Qantas was an appointment within the meaning of section 3(4)(f) of the Remuneration Tribunals Act 1973.

"In response to my question in the Senate today, Senator Button gave an undertaking to find out whether Mr Willis will be notifying Qantas that Mick Young's appointment falls within the meaning of the Remuneration Tribunals Act.

The Government must explain fully whether or not Mr Young's superannuation pension will be reduced as a result of his job with Qantas.

The community must be satisfied that the Government is not protecting its mates from the full force of the law.

16 MARCH 1988 ENQUIRIES: SENATOR MESSNER (062) 72 7111