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Tuesday, 11 May 1920


Mr MATHEWS (MELBOURNE PORTS, VICTORIA) - Does the Government intend to pay its employees for the public holidays given in connexion with the visit of the Prince, or are they to lose their pay for these days ?


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - I ask my honorable friend to give notice of the question. The graining of public holidays may seem a simple matter, but it is one which needs looking into.


Mr Mathews - It is compulsory loyalty.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - It is not so much a matter of loyalty as of arrangement.


Mr Tudor - It is bad for men to have half-a-dozen holidays and not to be paid for them.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Navy) - Yes; but it is not so bad for the Commonwealth public servants to have holidays without pay if they choose to take them, when it is remembered that our employees now get nearly four weeks' holiday in. the year for which they are paid. However, we shall do the generous thing, I am sure, on this auspicious occasion.







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