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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - The honorable senator who has interjected will no doubt get great comfort from the fact that adjusted rales of pay for members of the women's Services have been announced. The rates will be 75 per cent, of the basic wage. They will be 66 per cent, of the margin. They will, in fact, be at a far greater rate than was ever paid to the women's Services by a Labour government, and the adjustments will be retrospective.

Having said that, I turn to the question asked by Senator Buttfield. The Government, of course, has a very high regard for the women's Services and for the job that they do. As to whether members of those Services should be sent overseas at this time is not a matter for consideration. The nature of the operations which are being conducted overseas require the employment only of male members of the Services.

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