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Friday, 24 August 1923

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Treasurer) (6:20 AM) . - I think that the point raised by the honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin) is reasonable. "We cannot control State officers, but the two paragraphs in sub-clause 1 are substantially sufficient to meet the case. I promise that in administering this Bill, clause 5 will always be construed to give an officer who has been transferred to the State twelve months in which to make up his mind to retire, and if his office is filled by an . officer of the Taxation Branch he will receive compensation.

Mr Charlton - I would not like to be administering the Act and have the task of construing it as the Treasurer has promised.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Dr. Earle Page) proposed - ,

That in sub-clause (1) the word " six " be omitted and "twelve" inserted in lieu thereof.

Mr Makin - Will the Treasurer make it clear that an 'officer will not be retired, unless because of misconduct, at a lower salary than is payable to him on the data of the passing of this Bill.

Dr Earle Page - That is already provided for.

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