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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - in reply - I have noted carefully the 3 points raised by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Willesee). The first matter concerned superannuation adjustments for public servants. Senator Willesee also requested a reply to a question, and he indicated that he has been waiting for it for a long time. I for my part will see to it that he receives a reply as soon as possible. The honourable senator would like to see something done about the matter he raised in this question, and I shall communicate his wish to the appropriate authority in the Department of the Treasury to see what we can learn, whether anything is going to be done about it and. if so, when. Senator Willesee also referred to the matter of people in the Public Service being able to bring their emoluments and entitlements forward with them so that the benefit is not lost during a period of service in one of the armed forces. I shall certainly make a definite reference on this to the appropriate person. The honourable senator also referred to the status of ministerial private secretaries and expressed his wish that the position of secretary to a Speaker at present, and to a Deputy Leader when appropriate, be taken into account. I shall attend to all of these things on behalf of the Leader of the Government in the Senate (Senator Sir Kenneth Anderson) and he will direct them to the Treasurer.

Question resolved is the affirmative.

Bill read a first time.

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