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Friday, 8 July 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - Paragraph c makes provision for the reduction of salaries. The Committee should consider not only the effect of a reduction of salary on the officer at the time, but also the fact that it will mean a large difference to his retiring allowance. We should provide that his retiring allowance shall not be affected by the reduction of salary, unless that re,dution is due to his own incompetence/"

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does not the clause meet that difficulty in paragraph d ?

Senator SENIOR - The honorable senator overlooks the fact that the Minister proposes to' strike out paragraph d. An officer may suffer a reduction of salary through classification, and he may also suffer later on by receiving a reduced retiring allowance.

Amendment agreed to.

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