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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2513

Mr STREET (Corangamite) (Assistant Minister assisting the Minister for Labour and National Service) (12:21 PM) - There, are a couple of points I would like to make. I agree with one thing that the honourable member for Corio (Mr Scholes) said: It is unfortunate that these salaries are being debated in this House in this way. I think it is extremely unfortunate that the salaries of men who will undertake a very difficult and responsible task in this community have to be the subject of so much acrimonious debate in this place. I deplore it.

The question of inconsistency has been raised by many honourable members, including the honourable member for Hindmarsh (Mr Clyde Cameron) who just resumed his seat. He quoted from what he said when the Salaries (Statutory Offices) Adjustment Bill was introduced last year. But, according to my reading of the Hansard report of that debate - I think it commences at page 4005 of last year's Hansard - not only did the Opposition not oppose that Bill, but it was passed at the second reading stage on the voices. There was not even a division. The Opposition did not oppose it then but is opposing it now. The Government did not oppose it on either occasion. So, inconsistency lies on only one side of this chamber.

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