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Friday, 11 November 1921


Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - This clause is a very interesting one. It proposes to shift from Parliament to the Board the onus of defining "salary." The Senate has no power to deal with a regulation except to disallow it. I ask honorable senators to look at the proposal carefully, and to decide whether the clause will have the same effect as a precise statement of what salary includes. I object to the practice of leaving so many things to be prescribed. Under this clause the Board will have the power to say what portion of a man's direct monetary pay shall be regarded as salary.


Senator Wilson - If everything is defined in the Act, why have a Board?


Senator SENIOR - If the argument in favour of the clause had any strength I would ask, Why have an Act ? Why not give all the power to the Board?

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 71 -

(1)   The following days, or any days prescribed under the law of any State to be observed in lieu thereof in that State, shall be observed as holidays in the Commonwealth Service, namely : -

First day of January, twenty-sixth day of January, Christmas Bay and the following day, Good Friday and the fol- lowing Saturday and Monday, the anniversary of the birthday of the Sovereign, and any day proclaimed by the Governor-General or required by any Act to be observed in lieu of any of the said days.

(3)   In addition to the days mentioned in sub-section (1) of this section, there may be observed as public holidays or half-holidays in the public offices of 'the Commonwealth, or in any part thereof, such additional days or half-days, not exceeding in the whole, in the case of any office, four days in any one calendar year, as are prescribed.







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