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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 3281

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - I would like to quote one or two very brief extracts from the debate in the Senate on 20th April 1971 on the Salaries Bill 1971. In referring to this Bill Senator Murphy said:

No-one here is suggesting - certainly I am not suggesting - that anything is wrong with the salaries being paid, but 1 am a little surprised at the paucity of some of them. The responsibilities of some of these officers are very great indeed. I wonder how the Commonwealth can retain the services of some of them at the salaries and allowances provided, in view of the amounts offered in private industry.

Mr Kelly - Who said that?

Mr SWARTZ - This was said by Senator Murphy. He sain":

I am a little surprised that those salaries are not very much higher than they are. . . .

In the debate on this very Bill in the other place Senator Willesee had this to say:

I assure the Senate that its purpose is merely to say that for the time being, at any rate - because this Bill can be brought up again in the new year-

That is, 1972- we ask the Senate to inform the House of Representatives that we are extending what the Government did yesterday and are freezing these salaries at their present level.

Senator Byrneof the Democratic Labor Party said this:

We do hope . . . that these men . . . will have restored to them very quickly wage and salary equity .... We trust that the necessity for this action will not be of long duration and that very quickly what these men are entitled to in terms of work value will quickly and fully be restored to them.

All we ask is that Opposition members now persuade their colleagues in the Senate to undertake what they said last year.

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