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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2650

Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   In what year did the Commonwealth first begin paying child endowment to Commonwealth Public Servants.

(2)   What was the amount paid in respect of each child.

(3)   What percentage of the then basic wage did that payment represent and what is it today.

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

(1)   In 1920 a scheme was introduced for the payment of an allowance to married officers employed under the Public Service Act with dependent children.

(2)   The relevant regulation provided for the payment of an allowance at the following rate: - to each married officer who has children under the age of fourteen years dependent upon him and who is in receipt of salary at a rate not exceeding £500 per annum- the sum of £13 per annum in respect of each such child so dependent:

Provided that the sum payable under this paragraph in respect of each child shall be reduced by £1 for every £16 by which the rate of salary exceeds £300 per annum.'

(3)   In 1920 the allowance of £13 per annum for each dependent child under fourteen years of age represented 6.3% of the 1920 Federal basic wage. There is now no basic wage applicable to the Commonwealth Service.

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