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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) (6:00 AM) .- - I understand the Treasurer's meaning, but the clause does not convey it. The clause as drafted provides that any officer of the Taxation Department who enters any other Commonwealth Department, and who retires within twelve months of doing so, is entitled to compensation ; but if the officer is sent to a State he will not get that benefit. Clause 7 deals specifically with compensation to officers retiring voluntarily, and its meaning is not clearly expressed.

Mr Mann - Those men are governed by paragraphs a and b. Mr. CHARLTON.- I doubt- it very much. As the Bill is drafted those officers who go to the service of the States, and retire voluntarily within twelve months, do not receive compensation, and that is not equitable.

Mr Mann - If they go to the service of the States they are not taking another man's position.

Mr CHARLTON - That has been the argument right throughout. There is a grave doubt about the Bill, and I wonder that the Treasurer does not realize it.

Dr Earle Page - Any officer who is transferred to a State and desires to voluntarily retire, could be dealt with under clause 5.

Mr CHARLTON - I do not think so. That clause does not deal with voluntary retirements. The essence of the Bill is that every officer shall have the same t, privilege, and there, shall ' not be any distinction.

Mr Mann - Does the honorable member suggest that a man transferred to another position instead of being retired, is also entitled to compensation?

Mr CHARLTON - That has been the contention of the Treasurer throughout. I move -

That after the word " Service " the words " or from the service of a State after transfer " be inserted.

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