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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2554


Mr Calder asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether the present allowance of $2,750 per annum causes most of the Members of the Northern Territory Legislative Council to carry out their public duties at a loss.

(2)   Will he confer with the Prime Minister and the Treasurer with a view to increasing the salaries and allowances of Members to at least $7,000 per annum.

(3)   Will he also give consideration to giving Members of the Council a telephone credit card similar to that supplied to Members of the Commonwealth Parliament.

(4)   Will he have these matters referred to Mr Justice Kerr for concurrent consideration with the salaries and allowances of Members of the Commonwealth Parliament.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(l)   No. (2), (3) and (4) The Government considers that these matters might best be considered after the report of the present enquiry into Parliamentary salaries and allowances by Mr Justice Kerr is received.







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