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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - So far as I know, the reason 'why public servants to whom the honorable member refers join outside organizations is that they are offered a higher remuneration than they receive in the Public Service. The three particular public servants who, I think, the honorable member has in mind were in constant contact during the war with outside organizations and public men who learned to . appreciate the ability and capacity of many Commonwealth public servants. Despite what has been said about these officials being bureaucratic, outside organizations have been anxious to obtain their services and have been prepared to offer to them much more attractive terms than the Commonwealth Government is able to offer to them. On the other hand, many men transfer from private enterprise to the Public Service, and in the long run the losses and gains almost balance. I believe that the Commonwealth Public Service contains officers of as fine a type as is likely to be found in any other country.

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