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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator MCLACHLAN (South Australia) (3:16 AM) . - Under the vote for New South Wales there is an item, "Adjustment of salaries due to variation in the cost of living, £54,800 ". The aggregate under this heading for the various States is £137,344. I should like to know if the Government is committed to the payment of that sum, or is it simply voted and retained in the event of a fall in the cost of living?

Senator Barnes - That provision is necessary as a result of Arbitration Court awards.

Senator McLACHLAN - Has there been a new arbitration award, or was the award in force towards the end of the last financial year?

Senator Barnes - The liability came to this Government from its predecessor in office.

Senator McLACHLAN - There was no vote last year.

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