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Thursday, 8 December 1960

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK (Parramatta) (Attorney-General) . - Mr. Temporary Chairman, the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) announced these salary increases during October. I have not the date by me, but

I think the announcement was made fairly early in October.

Mr Townley - It was made in September.

Sir GARFIELD BARWICK - It was made either late in September or early in October. If the House and the Parliamentary Draftsman had not been otherwise occupied, this bill would have been introduced in October - and fairly soon after 1st October, in very truth. The remuneration provided for in this measure is not being made retrospective. The measure is merely being made to operate from the time at which the Prime Minister announced the Cabinet's decision.

While I am on my feet, I should like to deal with this reiteration of criticism about the bill being introduced at 2.30 in the morning. That is fairly childish. This bill came in on message from the GovernorGeneral.

Mr Haylen - On a point of order, Mr. Temporary Chairman: The Minister is making a second-reading speech.

Sir Garfield Barwick - I am answering the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Haylen - We intend to keep the Minister to the clause, which prescribes the date on which this measure shall be deemed to have come into operation. Under this clause, retrospectivity is being discussed, and I suggest to you, Mr. Temporary Chairman, that anything beyond that is out of order.

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