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Wednesday, 6 July 1921


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I am sure that it is the object of every honorable senator to do what is fair and just by the Public Service, and also by the public. Senator Payne has just referred to the travelling allowance. An officer may, while performing his' duties, receive a considerable sum in the course of a year in the way of travelling allowance. If the amendment is carried as it stands that allowance will be added to the ordinary salary for the purpose of computing gratuity or retiring allowance. I do not think that that would be generally agreed to. The housing allowance referred to might be regarded as part and parcel of the remuneration of the officer receiving it, and might reasonably be taken into consideration in computing his gratuity or retiring allowance. But there may be allowances in the nature of travelling allowances, which honorable senators will agree should not be taken into account. It might by regulations be possible for the Minister, whilst endeavouring to give effect to the spirit of the amendment proposed by Senator Payne in all reasonable cases, to protect the public at the same time against what might be called unfair appreciations of salaries.


Senator Payne - I do not think travelling allowances were intended to be included. '


Senator KEATING - If the amendment were carried in its present form it would include them. We might be able to overcome such a difficulty by a provision giving the Government discretion to indicate by regulation, from time to time, what allowances should be considered, and what allowances should not be considered, in computing retiring allowances. That course would mean legislation by regulation, of which myself and other honorable' senators have so often complained, but the regulations in that case would not escape notice; as many others do. There would be too many people throughout the Service interested, in them, and consequently a fairly good opportunity for either House to annul any regulation which was unfair or obnoxious.

Amendment negatived.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause7 -

Unless otherwise expressly provided this Act shall not apply to -

Any member of the Inter-State Commission;

The Commonwealth Railways Commissioner;

Any officer remunerated by fees, allowances, or commission only;

Any officer or class of officers, or employee or class of employees, to whom or to which on the recommendation of, and for special reasons assigned by, the Board, the GovernorGeneral declares that the provisions of this Act shall not apply.







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