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Thursday, 1 July 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon Sir Elliot5 Johnson (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is not customary for the Speaker to lay such papers on the table of the House); and, as a matter of fact, no documentary agreement of the kind exists. I would remind honorable members that, under the Public Service Act, the control of the employees on the establishment of both Houses was deliberately vested in the President and Mr. Speaker; that the Parliament thus voluntarily divested itself of responsibility in the matter and placed the President and Mr. Speaker in exactly the same position in relation to employees of this Parliament as that of thu Public Service Commissioner in regard to the Public Service generally. The object of this special action was to remove the officers of the Praliament from the sphere of political influence. I may say that there have been of late a number of attempts to bring political influence to bear in connexion with the control of the officers on the establishment, notwithstanding that the Act was expressly passed to prevent anything of the kind.

Mr Riley - We shall have to amend that Act.

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