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Wednesday, 20 May 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   What is the current annual salary, tax free allowance and other payments payable by the Commonwealth to the Minister for Labour and National Service.

(2)   Does he receive any additional daily allowance while travelling outside his State; if so, what is the allowance so paid.

(3)   What was the amount paid to the then Minister for Labour and National Service in respect of payments referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) at the time of the Professional Engineers' Case in 1962.


Mr Gorton - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Minister for Labour and National Service receives -

(a)   under the Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952-1968-

(i)   an allowance of $9,500 a year which is payable to ali members of the House of Representatives; and

(ii)   an allowance of $3,350 a year in respect of the expenses of discharging his duties as the member for the electorate of Bruce. A similar electoral allowance is payable to all members of the House of Representatives who are members of an Electoral Division not specified in the Second Schedule to the Act. Under the Parliamentary Allowances Bill of 1970 which is now before the Parliament, it is proposed that the allowance payable in respect of the electorate of Bruce will become $2,750.

(b)   Under the Ministers of State Act 1952- 1968-

(i)   salary of $10,500 a year (payable to all Senior Ministers): and

(ii)   an allowance of $4,600 a year in addition to salary (payable to all Senior Ministers).

(2)   The Minister for Labour and National Service, as a Senior Minister, receives a travelling allowance of $30 a day when away from his home in connection with official business but excluding whole days spent in Canberra.

(3)   The then Minister for Labour and National Service received in 1960 -

(a)   under the Parliamentary Allowances Act 1952-1959-

(i)   an allowance of $5,500 a year; and

(ii)   an allowance in respect of the expenses of discharging his duties - $1,700 a year.

(b)   under the Ministers of State Act 195H- 1959-

(i)   salary of $6,500 a year; and

(ii)   an allowance of $3,000 a year in addition to salary.

(c)   travelling allowance of $24 a day when away from his home in connection with official business but excluding whole days spent in Canberra.







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