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Thursday, 28 April 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers are: - 1. (a) and (6). Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   The Royal Commission reported that the actual cost of living at the time, according to reasonable standards of comfort, including all matters comprised in the ordinary expenditure of a household for a man with a wife and three children under fourteen years of age, was a different amount in different cities, but having an average of £5 16s. per week over the whole Commonwealth.

4.   The Government has adopted the principle laid down by the Commission as far as its constitutional powers permit. The increases granted employees of the Commonwealth Government were given as a result of the findings of the Commission. The wage for male adults so granted is that indicated by an analysis of the wage the Commission considered adequate at the time for male adults without dependent children. The increases above referred to, and endowment for children granted by the. Government to its employee!!, are provisional, and subject to revision by the Public Service Arbitrator. The cost of living has been considerably reduced since the Commission's report was received.

5.   The cost to date is £21,014 4s. 7d.,'but it is estimated that accounts amounting to £1,000 have yet to be met.

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