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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1706

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) - Welcoming the Leader of the Government's flush of information, I ask him: Will he state why the former Federal Secretary of the Australian Labor Party, Mr Michael Young, a man whose main claim to fame is that he is the Mr Fixer of the Labor Party, has been put on the Government payroll at a reported salary of $ 1 7,000? How many other functionaries of the Labor Party may the highly taxed people of this country expect to receive similar endowment from the public purse?

Senator MURPHY -As is well known, Mr Young is a man of considerable administrative and other abilities. The chagrin of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition no doubt is related to the fact that Mr Young was one of the persons who were instrumental in getting rid of the previous Government and helping to persuade the people of Australia to elect this Government. As to how much he is being paid and the other terms and conditions of his appointment, if it has been made, I know no more than I have read in the Press and I do not know whether what I have read there is accurate. I do not know how much it is proposed to pay Mr Young or the other terms of his appointment; but, if the honourable senator would like me to go through the history of members of political parties being appointed to the staffs of Ministers or Leaders of the Opposition, I would be only too glad to do so. However, I think that many of his colleagues might resent his suggesting that this matter be further inquired into.

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