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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1284

Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - Could the Minister representing the Minister for Labour and

National Service explain the much-used term flow-on'? How is it that an increase in salaries for Victorian public servants becomes the basis for a claim for increased salaries by Commonwealth public servants?

Senator WRIGHT - The term 'flow on' is one of those expressions without technical connotation in the industrial field. I heard a distinguished member of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission refer to the idea implicit in this expression as ...ism'. That is to say, if one section of the industrial world gets a shilling increase then every other section wants a shilling increase or perhaps more. I ask honourable senators to permit me to use the term 'shilling' because it has a better jingle than 'ten cents'. The line of reasoning by which it is supposed that an increase granted to the Victorian public service by its tribunals provides a basis for an increase for the Commonwealth public service is fairly illogical, but it is a common basis of argument. Of course, I would not pretend that such explanation as I have given could not be improved upon by Senator Cavanagh.

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