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Tuesday, 28 June 1994
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Senator CHAPMAN (9.29 p.m.) —What we have just heard from Senator Bell on behalf of the Australian Democrats, and the minister on behalf of the government, merely reinforces why the opposition amendments should be supported. Both Senator Bell and the minister have said that virtually no-one on an award would be earning more than $60,000 per annum. If that is the case, why not bite the bullet, remove the discrimination which clearly exists in this legislation, and have the $60,000 per annum cap apply to both award and non-award employees? There has been no argument put forward as to why that cap should not apply equally to both. As I have said, both Senator Bell and the minister have reinforced the very reason why it should apply to both, because they have said that virtually no award employees would be above the $60,000 per annum cap anyway. So let us have some fairness, let us end this discrimination and let us support these amendments.

  Question put:

  That the amendments (Senator Chapman's) be agreed to.