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Tuesday, 6 December 1983
Page: 3333

Mr BEAZLEY (Special Minister of State)(10.27) —Needless to say, the Government opposes the amendment. I will take on board some of the points made by the honourable member for McPherson (Mr White), who has just spoken, when I discuss matters with the Remuneration Tribunal. Some of his contribution, in contrast to that of the honourable member for Moreton (Mr Donald Cameron), was worth listening to. At least the remarks of the honourable member for McPherson had some relationship to the Remuneration and Allowances Amendment Bill and the amendment before the House. I remind honourable gentlemen that it was pointed out also by the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations (Mr Willis) this morning we had effectively, in agreeing to the rises that went through, forsworn some 7 per cent that might have been negotiated within the guidelines of the Remuneration Tribunal, that amount having been set aside for members of parliament, with a flow-on to Ministers. This represents a very substantial statement by the Government of its intention to adhere to the guidelines of the wages policy it is laying down. That wages policy, as has been argued on this side of the House, is central to the economic recovery of this nation and ought to draw support from all sides of the House in encouragement of its success, as we will all be so dependent upon that success in the near future. For those reasons the amendment is not acceptable and will be opposed by the Government.

Question put:

That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr Steele Hall's amendment) stand part of the question.