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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr C RILEY (COOK, NEW SOUTH WALES) (3:36 AM) .- I ask the Treasurer to seriously entertain the representations made by the Leader of the Opposition. As the Treasurer has indicated his unwillingness to accept the amendment, I ask him to ante-date the compensation scheme to the 1st June. For several years I had the honour to represent the clerks of the Taxation Department. I was secretary of their organization, and am therefore familiar 1 with the men arid the nature of their employment. When a person has been in the Commonwealth Service for a number of years, engaged on ,one particular class of work, he is not fitted to seek employment 'outside, and this is a distinct, disadvantage. Knowing that this agreement was likely to be made between the States and the Commonwealth, any one who had an opportunity to obtain a position outside of the Service would be very foolish not to accept it. The Commonwealth and the State Governments have had the benefit of the faithful services of these men for many years, and. the least we can do is to extend to them the same consideration that has been given to many highly paid officials of the Commonwealth Service. A number of officials who were retired from the Defence Department received compensation ranging from £500 - to £780. I urge the Treasurer to consider the proposal of the Leader of the Opposition and to ante-date the payment of compensation to the 1st June.

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