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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .I point out to Senator Duncan that the word "limitation" may include extension. The sub-paragraph refers to the limitation of the staffs of the various Departments to actual requirements. We might have in a particular office a staff of ten men, whilst the actual requirementsof the office foreffective working might require a staff ' of twelve. In my view the word "'limitation" as used in the paragraph under consideration would cover any extension necessary to meet actual requirements.

Senator Keating - Limitation doesnot necessarily mean reduction.

Senator PAYNE - That is so. Senator Duncan has assumedthat limitation can only mean reduction,but ifthe word isread with the context of the paragraph in which it appears I think it will be found that it covers any extension of a staff necessary to meet actual requirements.

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