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Friday, 3 December 1976

Mr FRY (Fraser) - I want to make one very small contribution to this debate. I was not a member of the Joint Committee on the Parliamentary Committee System but I have no doubt that the matters it considered would have included the provision of more resources for this Parliament to enable it to function more efficiently. I want to point out how dependent the functioning of the Parliament is on the Public Service and how the Government is asking the Public Service to do an impossible task by imposing staff ceilings and making savage cuts in funds for the Public Service when it has all this extra work to do. Everyone agrees that the function of Government is now much more complex than it has ever been and adequate resources are needed for it to function. It it a great contradiction in the policy of this Government that it expects those functions to be carried out by a reduced Public Service operating with bans on overtime and those sorts of things which make it so much more difficult. The Public Service is given an impossible task.

Last night a Bill was introduced into this House for a very mediocre form of long service leave. There is another one coming up in the next session relating to management initiated retirements. These moves, of course, are all disincentives to the Public Service. It is time that the Government got off the back of the Public Service and gave it an opportunity to serve this Parliament in an efficient way so that the business of the Parliament can be handled more quickly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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