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Thursday, 1 July 1920

Mr SPEAKER - The proper course to pursue is to raise the question when the Parliamentary Estimates are under discussion in Committee of Supply. The whole question can then be fully discussed. It is certainly quite irregular to bring these matters before, the House, as has frequently happened of late, by means of a question addressed to the pre: siding officer. It would be very much better, I think, for the Parliament to appoint some other tribunal to deal ' with all these questions of grading, remuneration, &c, affecting the parliamentary attendants, rather than leave them to the Presiding Officers. It would, I think, b© better that, in regard to such questions, they should be placed under the Public Service Commissioner as are other public servants. These officers would then have the benefit of any advantages which other public servants have, including that of any decisions in connexion with the Arbitration Court governing awards and so forth. Generally speaking, I think the position would then be very much more satisfactory. With all my desire to do everything possible to deal justly and liberally with the employees of the House, I find myself continually hampered by various causes, not the least difficult of which is the system of divided control which obtains in connexion with certain Departments of Parliament.

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