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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 769

Mr BURY (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister responsible to the Commonwealth Public Service. Has the Government any plan for revising the scale of superannuation payments made to retired Commonwealth public servants? Is he aware that this scale has not been adjusted for a considerable number of years during which the value of superannuation has been eroded considerably by the process of inflation? In fact the last occasion on which an adjustment was made, which was some years ago, was almost as far back as the last occasion on which parliamentary salaries were adjusted.

Mr WHITLAM - I am indebted to the honourable gentleman for reminding me of this. I must confess that I had thought that the last adjustment was made before he himself was Treasurer. We are trying as hard as we can to overtake the arrears of 23 years. We have not yet reached the arrears of 5 years ago. In respect to the other matter which the honourable gentleman mentioned, we hope to take action today. However, as regards superannuation, I shall be happy to look into the matter and to write to him about it.

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