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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr STEWART (Lang) - Mr Deputy Speaker,we have dealt with 3 Bills so far which fix one salaryof $16,931 per annum, one of $15,592 per annum and the third of $1 1,822 per annum. This is perhaps one reason whyI would not mind Parliament rather than the Public Service Board fixing salaries. Ifind it hard to follow that a person responsible for operating the Export Payments Insurance Corporation is deemed to be worth $16,931 per annum; that someone assisting to operate a business undertaking for the Commonwealth receives only $15,592 per annum; and that someone directing the activities of the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority will receive $11,822 per annum only.

In this Parliament from time to time expressions of opinion are given from the Government side about how difficult the Stevedoring industry is. Yet, here is a man who will have as part of his duties the job of trying to keep peace on the waterfront, and who will draw a salary much lower than the salaries paid to men in positions in which they will have far less industrial troubles on their hands than this man is likely to have. Whilst I do not really want Parliament to fix salaries, I sometimes wonder exactly how the Public Service Board arrives at its decisions in many of these matters.

Clause 3 provides for a new sub-section (2.) of section 6c of the Act. It will read:

The Director shall be paid such allowancesas are prescribed.

This Bill is described as a Bill for an Act:

Relating to the Salary and Allowances of the Person holding the Office of Director constituting the Australian Stevedoring Industry Authority.

The earlier Bill relating to the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation makes no mention of allowances being as prescribed. No mention at all of allowances is made in that Bill. If the Minister will be good enough to give the Parliament an explanation of those points, we shall not oppose the Bill.

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