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Thursday, 29 April 1971

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Opposition) - In the light of the assurances given by the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson), which I accept, I think the reasonable course is to withdraw the amendment. We want to see the principle carried through and it seems that it will be carried through. If anything were to occur whereby the Government did not agree with the submissions being made, we will have the opportunity to deal with this matter again, because it would arise if an increase of another 6 per cent were granted or something of that nature.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - There is only one thing that worries me. I may be confronted with one problem in my assurances. One or two of the Bills in the pipeline may have this problem in it. I will have to look at that.

Senator MURPHY - If this formula is included in, say, the Commonwealth Employees Compensation Bill, we would be happy with that.

Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson - My assurances still stand.

Senator MURPHY - 1 accept the assurances. We are well aware of the persuasiveness of the Leader of the Government. Therefore, we feel that his submissions will carry the day. In the light of those assurances, I ask for leave to withdraw the amendment.

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