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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Question - That the clause be agreed to - put. The committee divided. (Chairman - Mr. Bell.)

DIVISION:AYES 43 (29 majority) NOES 14 PAIRS 0

Majority . . 29





Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 (Payments during currency of proclamation).

Mr.ROSEVEAR (Dalley) [8.22].- This clause seeks to make the New South Wales public servants pawns in the dispute between the Commonwealth and the State Government. Some of them have had many years of service, and are approaching the retiring age, when they will be entitled to superannuation, and they are to be offered the alternative of carrying out the instructions of the Government which employs them, and has power to dismiss them, or taking orders from the Commonwealth Treasurer, to whom they owe no allegiance. If governments choose to fight, they should be allowed to settle their differences in the courts or elsewhere, but they have no right to draw innocent public servants into the dispute under threats of penalties. Our opposition to the, clause may be unavailing, but we shall register our protest against it, and, by dividing the committee, compel other honorable members to show where they stand.

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