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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) .- The Public Service Bill and the Superannuation Bill deal with entirely different subjects. Before we can consider the superannuation scheme, we must know the conditions of employment and salaries paid in the Public Service. Therefore consideration of this Bill necessarily precedes consideration of the superannuation scheme, though it may be possible at a later stage to make an announcement as to the attitude of the Government in regard to superannuation. This Bill deals with wages, classification, and conditions of employment in the Public Service. It does not touch superannuation in any shape or form.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - My argument is that the two subjects are correlated.

Senator RUSSELL - They aro entirely different. Another reason why honorable senators cannot have the Superannuation Bill is that its details have not yet been finalized by the Government, but I will suggest to the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) that he might make a statement at the earliest possible date dealing with superannuation. This, no doubt, would be helpful to honorable senators.

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