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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I understand that Senator Duncanwishes togive the Board power to suggest that more officers should be appointed.

Senator Duncan - Yes.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ventureto say that that is not necessary. If the Board when inquiring into the working of' an office say to the permanent. head,"I think you are under-manned in this office," it will not be long before the permanent head will be asking for extra staff. I have never struck a Department yet that was under-manned.

Senator Russell - The honorable senatorhas met with Departments that are over-manned?

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, that is not difficult.

SenatorDuncan. - The honorable senator should know that Central Administration of the Customs Office has been under-manned for the last twelve months.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not know anything about it. If anoffice isundermanned, all that the permanenthead has to do is to ask for a larger staff.

Senator Duncan - If he did there would be many "leaders" about it in theAge andin the Argus.

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