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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 32

Mr LYNCH (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Prime Minister. Did the honourable gentleman state without qualification in his policy speech that all Commonwealth public servants would be granted 4 weeks annual leave? If so, why has the honourable gentleman dishonoured that promise? Will the honourable gentleman state whether his Government supports the universally accepted industrial principle that employees should be paid according to the work they perform and the skills they possess and not according to their membership of industrial organisations? Finally, will the honourable gentleman indicate whether his Government is taking or omitting to take any action which would hinder the implementation of his clearly stated election promise?

Mr WHITLAM - On behalf of the Australian Labor Party at the election I undertook that all Commonwealth employees would receive 4 weeks annual leave. One of the first decisions the Government made - I think it was Cabinet decision No. 4 - was to implement that promise. We are resolute that it shall be honoured. The principle that we have in mind is that this industrial benefit should go to those who, through their membership of organisations, have fought for it and secured it. We assume that public servants are members of such organisations unless the contrary is shown.

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