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Tuesday, 11 December 1973
Page: 2627

Senator MARRIOTT (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. Does the Australian Government intend to make financial grants to the States to allow them to pay an annual leave bonus to State public servants on the same basis as is proposed for Australian Government public servants and which, it is said, will cost the Australian taxpayer $2 7m annually?

Senator WILLESEE - It will hardly be necessary in those States which are already paying that bonus. They have preceded the Commonwealth in this field. It is not a very revolutionary thing that we are doing. It is paid by a large section of private industry. That is why we have followed, as is commonly done with public servants in Canberra. The States have already beaten us to it.

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