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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr BRENNAN (Batman) (6:27 AM) . - It has been suggested^ that a scheme could be formulated to facilitate retirements generally upon just terms, in order to give an additional opportunity for assimilating those who under this Bill will be required to retire.

Dr Earle Page - This clause is drafted in such a way that it will be sufficiently comprehensive for the pur-, pose the honorable member has in mind.

Mr BRENNAN - Which part of it deals with that aspect of .the question?

Dr Earle Page - Sub-clause 1 reads -

Compensation in accordance * with the last preceding section shall also be payable to any officer who, with the written consent of the

Treasurer, retires voluntarily from the Commonwealth Service within six months after' the date upon which an arrangement with the State in which he is employed comes into operation.'

Mr BRENNAN - Apparently that does facilitate retirements, and will provide an easy method of assimilating employees. The Treasurer will realize that I am struggling under great difficulties to comprehend the intricacies of this intricate Bill.

Mr F FRANCIS (HENTY, VICTORIA) - I think we are wasting time on the Bill.

Mr BRENNAN - I object to the remark that I am wasting time, and I ask the honorable member for Henty to withdraw it.

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