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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (AttorneyGeneral) (6:10 AM) . - When an officer voluntarily retires his position will be filled by a taxation officer who might otherwise have been retired. In that case the officer who makes way for the taxation officer receives compensation. If an officer is retired on the ground of economy he receives compensation. That is- compulsory retirement. If a man in the Public Service, and not in the Taxation Department, gives way to a taxation officer, he will receive compensation. That is voluntary retirement. This was the problem : We were carry- ing out this taxation reform and endeavouring to get the work done by the States. To deal with the unemployment thus occasioned in the Commonwealth Taxation Department it was decided either to place the men in employment in the State Service or to give them compensation if they were retired or voluntarily retired. If transferred to a Stale, they would be provided with employment; but if not so transferred, then we would endeavour to employ them in the Public Service. If a man in the Public Service made way for a taxation officer he would receive compensation provided his resignation was approved by the Treasurer. There would be no need to give compensation to an officer for whom we provide work. If compensation were provided for these men on their voluntary retirement from the State Service, the position might be that they would go to the States, andwithin twelve months resign possibly, on accepting better positions elsewhere and might ask for compensation. No injustice will be done under this clause. If an officer should retire voluntarily the Public Service Board will fill the position with a taxation officer.

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