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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) (2:34 AM) . - I move -

That after "section" in line 3, the following words be inserted : - " or to any taxation officer who has retired voluntarily since the 1st April, 1923."

There may be a number of men who, anticipating this amalgamation of taxation services, resigned from the Commonwealth Service in order to take other positions. It may be urged that men who have left the Service have no claim to compensation, but there is another side to the question. If a man thought that a change in the status of the Department was likely to occur, he may have thought it necessary, in order to protect himself and his family, to seek another position, not necessarily a better one than that which he occupied in the Department. He may find himself not fitted for his new position, or it may not be permanent, and he may be liable to be thrown out of employment at any time. Some of those men may have been,, ten or twelve years in the Department, and I submit that they are entitled to the same consideration as. are men who have remained in the Department.

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