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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr DUNCAN - HUGHES (Boothby) (3:32 AM) . - I ask the Treasurer to make some concession to the men who have recently left the Service. I do not know any of them, so I am quite without bias. But there does seem to be a possibility of hardship being inflicted ton them. It is perfectly natural that, when a number of dismissals are likely a prudent man should take the bull by the horns and even accept an inferior job rather than remain in the Service to later be dismissed. I do not think that such a man should be penalized, particularly when his resignation assists the Government in their retrenchment scheme. The proposal of the Leader of the Opposition to date back compensation to the 1st April is going rather too far, but I urge upon the Treasurer to at any rate consider dating it from the beginning of the financial year, the 1st July, ' or preferably the 1st June. I agree that the State should be a- good employer, and ' I think it is. I regret that the Leader of the ' Opposition should have criticised private employers, because I am certain many of them have the interests of their employees at heart.

Mr Charlton - I quite agree with the honorable member.

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