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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator GRAHAM (Western Australia) . - I rise to support the remarks of Senator Needham. My experience during the three years that I have been a member of- this Senate is that all the attendants are thoroughly capable. The small pittance paid to them is inadequate for the work they perform. One of them, with 26 years' service, receives only £5 17s. 6d. a week, out of which he has to pay rent, contribute to the Superannuation Fund, and keep a large family. The weekly salary of £3 10s. which was paid in 1910 was worth more than, the salary of £5 17s. 6d. a week now paid, seeing that the purchasing power of the £1 to-day, as compared with that of 1910, is only 9s. 3d. I hope that the new President, in conjunction with Mr. Speaker, will do something to increase the remuneration paid to these men. - I have no objection to the higher paid officers receiving substantial increases, but I submit that the men on small salaries should not be overlooked. I agree with the remarks .of Senator Duncan as to the excellent service- rendered by the parliamentary reporting ' staff. In my opinion, the officers of this Parliament are second to none in the Commonwealth. I trust that the President and Mr. Speaker will give favorable consideration to their claims. .

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