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Salaries of Ministers.

66. There shall be payable to the Queen, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth, for the salaries of the Ministers of State, an annual sum which, until the Parliament otherwise provides, shall not exceed twelve thousand pounds a year.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—As originally drafted in 1891, the clause ran:—“There shall be payable to the Queen, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth, for salaries of such officers, a sum not less than fifteen thousand pounds per annum.” In Committee, at the suggestion of Mr. Adye Douglas, it was amended on the motion of Sir Samuel Griffith by fixing the amount at £15,000 “until other provision is made by the Parliament.” (Conv. Deb., Syd., 1891, pp. 776–7.)

At Adelaide, the clause was introduced and passed in substantially the same form, with the substitution of £12,000 for £15,000.

At Sydney, the words were altered to “a sum not exceeding £12,000.” A suggestion of the Legislative Council of Tasmania, to reduce the amount to £10,000, was negatived. (Conv. Deb., Syd., 1897, p. 806.)

At Melbourne, a drafting amendment was made before the first report.

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