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Friday, 11 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) .- I move-

That the words " Governor-General may, on the recommendation of the Commissioner, pay," in sub-clause (3), be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " Board may authorize payment."

It is not considered that the estate of an officer should benefit where there are no dependants.

Senator Senior - Will the Minister agree to insert the words "legal representatives " in lieu of " dependants " ?

Senator RUSSELL - I think not. The sum payable is intended as a reward for good and faithful service, and nobody should benefit apart from the officer himself, members of his family, or direct dependants. Money intended as a reward for loyal service should not be handed over, for instance, to an officer's brother-in-law.

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