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Tuesday, 27 November 1973
Page: 2109

Senator MILLINER (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Attorney-General in his capacity as Minister representing the Prime Minister and it follows the question asked by Senator Greenwood this morning. Did the Australian Government oppose the recent decision by the Queensland Nationalist Party-Liberal Party coalition government to increase salaries of members of that Parliament by 14 1 /2 per cent retrospective to 1 July 1973, the increases being awarded by way of Order-in-Council and not by way of legislation or arbitrated decision?

Senator MURPHY -What is done in Queensland is not only outside our competence but often outside our understanding. The practice in this Parliament- and I understand it is the practice in most parliaments- is to have increases in parliamentary or ministerial salaries determined by the Parliament itself after due consideration. I cannot say any more than that it is a matter for the Queensland Parliament to determine what it does in relation to such affairs. If there is any criticism of its procedures the Government parties in Queensland should bear the burden of that criticism.

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