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Friday, 11 November 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) . - I have a great deal of sympathy with the amendment. I ask the Minister whether it is possible to substitute Anzac Day for the holiday observed on the 26th January ?

Senator Russell - I think the matter might he left to the Government to arrange. We do not wish to confuse Anzac Day with some other holiday.

Senator ELLIOTT - I should regard it as a serious matter to deliberately add to the number of public holidays.

Senator Russell - There 'are four days or half-days which are optional.

Senator ELLIOTT - Are those holidays always granted ?

Senator Russell - The public servants see that they get them.

Senator ELLIOTT - I am loath to add to the number of public holidays.

Senator Russell - That objection will be met by the proposed amendment to strike out the word "four " with a view to insert the word " three." The number of holidays will remain the same.

Senator ELLIOTT - I am not sure that the Government each year do prescribe four holidays.

Senator Russell - The public servants take the half-holidays when they want them. If there is a show in a country district,- the local people take a holiday, and the public servants are also given that holiday,

Senator ELLIOTT - The Government acquiesce V

Senator Russell - The Government1 agree to grant the holiday within the local area. "When every one else in a district is enjoying a holiday, why should not the Commonwealth public servants in that district be given the same privilege?

Senator ELLIOTT - I have only to add 'that I am prepared in that case to support Senator Poster's amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the word " four " in sub-clause (3) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " three."

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