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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr F MCDONALD (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (2:55 AM) . - I support the amendment.. We know that when these proposals were first made something of a panic occurred in the Taxation Department. The Minister will realize that the officers who would be on the look out for employment outside would probably be the more prudent, and so the best, officers of the Service. They would realize when a position offered that even if the salary were not as large as that which they were receiving in the Department, it would be better for them to accept it, and so fee sure of a position, than to wait until they were retrenched and then look for work. If the retirement of these officers had caused the Taxation Department any inconvenience, one could understand the" Government feeling some resentment, but the action of these men will really make it easier for the Commonwealth Government to effect the change that it desires. These men are really entitled to the same consideration as will be given to the officers still in the Service.

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