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Thursday, 24 November 1927

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Bayley

The Postmaster-General has heard the statement of the honorable member foi1 Hindmarsh, and I ask him to withdraw the remark.

Mr Gibson - If it is offensive to the honorable member, I withdraw it.

Mr MAKIN - I feel that there is every justification for what I said, and I shall prove this contention by asking the Postmaster-General - if the circumstances associated with added efficiency - wise or unwise, are not the concern of Mr. Brown, why this most costly appointment?

Mr Gibson - Does the honorable member suggest that the Public Service Board has nothing to do with matters of this kind?

Mr MAKIN - I suggest that the board would not interfere with the established standards of the department unless it was moved to do so by persons acting for the Director of Posts and Telegraphs. I do not desire any misunderstanding to arise between myself and that gentleman.

Mr ABBOTT (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The honorable member is hedging.

Mr MAKIN - I am doing nothing of the kind.

Mr Coleman - I rise to a point of order. I am sure that we all appreciate the importance of the speech- that the honorable member for Hindmarsh is making, but we should like to hear the Postmaster-General's reply to many of the grievances that have been brought under his notice this evening.

The CHAIRMAN - There is no point of order.

Mr MAKIN - I regret that it is necessary for me to impress on the Postmaster-General the need to do something. I want him to realize that there is on my part no feeling of enmity towards the Director of Post and Telegraphs. I assure him that I want his department to reach the highest stage of efficiency, but at the same time I want to see full justice done to those who have rendered faithful service to the Commonwealth and are deserving of higher emoluments for the services rendered by them not only in recent years, but over the last 25 years. The Prime Minister who has just entered the chamber should make himself familiar with the matter.

At 10 p.m.,

The CHAIRMAN - Order! The time allowed for the discussion of this part of the Estimates has expired.

Proposed votes agreed to.

Motion (by Dr. Earle Page) agreed to-

That the following resolution be reported to the House: -

That, including the several sums already voted for such services, there be granted to His Majesty to defray the charges for the year1927-28, for the several services hereunder specified, a sum not exceeding £22,502,698.


Resolution reported.

Suspension of Standingorders.

Motion (by Mr. Bruce) proposed -

That the Standing Orders be suspended to enable the remaining stages to be passed without delay.

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