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Wednesday, 3 June 1970

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - 1 do not necessarily agree that the statement of the honourable member is accurate. What happened in the case of academic salaries was that the State governments did request the Commonwealth to appoint Mr Justice Eggleston to go into the question of these salaries. That report has now been sent to the various State Premiers together with the Commonwealth's agreement that if the States - and this is a matter at the discretion of the State Premiers who have not yet hadtime to reply - choose to adopt the recommendation the Commonwealth will stand behind them financially. I understand that Mr Justice Eggleston has recommended that the result of a national wage case should be applied to academic salaries. This is quite the customary way of handling Public Service and allied salaries.

Mr Turner - I asked about superannuation.

Mr BURY - Yes, I realise that, but I will explain it in this way: What Mr Justice Eggleston has recommended for academic salaries normally applies to awards for people actually in work. The other payments to which the honourable member referred - that is, superannuation, pensions and other schemes of this kind - so far have never been fixed in this way but have been adjusted in the context of the. annual Budget. This has been the regular means of varying them. I could not predict what would happen in the next Budget or when any change will be made in these other payments.

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