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Wednesday, 8 December 1971
Page: 4311

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -






Mr MCMAHON - Copies will be distributed to honourable members. The remaining recommendations on remuneration, including electorate and other allowances, have been accepted. I recognise that for some members of the Parliament the Government's decision to forgo altogether $1,000 in the recommended increase will mean continued difficulty in meeting financial commitments. The Government has decided to establish a Parliamentary Allowances Tribunal generally along the lines of that proposed by Mr Justice Kerr in his report. The essential features of the legislation proposed are these:

The Tribunal wilt be an independent tribunal of three, appointed by the Governor-General.

The Tribunal will report on the salaries and allowances of Members and Ministers and matters which are significantly related to these.

It will report to the Prime Minister within the 12 months after the assembly of Parliament following each general election, and the reports will be tabled in Parliament.

There is provision for the Government to ask the Tribunal to report at any time on matters falling within the Tribunal's functions.

Finally, the Tribunal will make recommendations but will not have authority to make determinations as to salaries and allowances. No system of automatic adjustment is envisaged.

In brief the procedures now proposed by Judge Kerr will mean that parliamentary salaries will be reviewed regularly by an independent body while still leaving the final responsibility with Parliament, where it properly should be. I commend the Bills to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Whitlam) adjourned.

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