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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - in reply - Mr Deputy Speaker, the reason for this provision being in the Stevedoring Industry (Temporary Provisions) Bill (No. 2) (1970) is that when the Senate amended the original legislation it required that the Parliament should determine the salaries. The method adopted here is for the rate to be fixed. The salary does not come out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund. The Senate also required that allowances be by prescription. This means that the regulation has to be made to say what the travelling allowance is. It is capable of being disallowed. That is why it has to be in.

I am reminded by my colleague, the Minister for Education and Science (Mr N. H. Bowen), who was with me when we considered these Bills that the reason why no reference is made to this matter of allowances in the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation Bill (No. 2) 1970; to which the honourable member for Lang (Mr Stewart) referred, is that provision exists in the Principal Act for allowances to be as prescribed. This amendment will put in a salary. When the salary goes in it will fit with sub-clause (2.). This is amending sub-clause (1.) as I recollect it. Subclause (2.) is in the existing Act. That picks up the salary point. There was no such provision in the Stevedoring Industry (Temporary Provisions) Act.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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