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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3430

Senator WILLESEE (Western AustraliaMinister for Foreign Affairs) - My remarks on this Bill will be very brief because I think everybody knows the history of it. A report by the Remuneration Tribunal was brought down. That report was rejected by this Senate after it had been passed in the other House. That report contained proposals to increase the salaries of a large group of people including statutory officers, members of the judiciary and members of Parliament. That report, I repeat, was rejected.

Following that action, Senator Sir Magnus Cormack introduced a Bill relating to one named office holder. His Bill proposed in other words to give the benefits recommended by the Remuneration Tribunal to that one office holder. I notice in reading the debates following my return from my recent overseas visit that Senator Sir Magnus Cormack subsequently withdrew that Bill, Remuneration Bill (No. 2) 1974 and introduced the Bill presently before the Senate, including in it some other office holders to which the report referred, namely, the statutory officers. The Government opposes the Bill. At the time, as honourable senators know, because of the report we supported it so that the whole matter could go through. It was not carried. Now that report is being truncated by this Bill which does not cover everybody. In the first place one name was picked out of the report. I merely content myself with saying that we will vote against the Bill.

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