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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2308

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) -There is one matter to which I refer again, and that is the attempt to get statutory authority for the payment of allowances to parliamentary committees. I have mentioned this matter previously.

It is imperative that proper rules be laid down, by regulation, for the emoluments of parliamentary committees. I am the last person in the Parliament who would wish to see parliamentary committees damaged in any way. I fear that they may be damaged by criticism of unequal and, in some cases, discriminatory emolument provisions. Senator Willesee, who was in charge of the debate on the Appropriation Bill in May, promised me that I could raise this matter the next time that a parliamentary Bill was debated and that in the meantime he would ask that attention be given to the matter. I raise it again because I believe that we ought to have fixed rules for the allowances which are made to parliamentary committees.

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