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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2720

Senator HARRADINE(10.23) — I would like it noted that in Government Business today the Remuneration and Allowances Amendment Bill is not mentioned. Honourable senators know that I have circulated an amendment that I propose to move to the Remuneration and Allowances Amendment Bill. That amendment seeks to prevent the Remuneration Tribunal from dealing with any matters in relation to de facto spouses of members of parliament in respect of overseas travel entitlements on study leave. It is quite clear that if the Government is not bringing this matter on today it will have to come up next week. The Government is providing a great disincentive for honourable senators to vote for that amendment seeing that, if the Bill is amended, members of parliament will not get an increase in their salaries because they will have to wait until the House of Representatives comes back before the amendment is considered.

Senator Peter Baume —We have a position on that in principle. We do not worry about that.

Senator HARRADINE —Sure. This will be the situation unless we are assured-I hope we are assured on this and a number of other measures that are coming before us which are the subject of amendments-that the House of Representatives will be brought back to consider all the amendments to this Bill and other Bills that the Senate may consider are appropriate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.