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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator NEWLANDS (South Australia) . -I do not wish to enter into a controversy with honorable senators opposite, but I cannot allow the remarks of Senator McHugh to pass without comment, as they would create the impression that certain officers employed in this building are working extraordinarily long hours for very low wages. I remind honor able senators that there are no Senate officials receiving, as mentioned by Senator McHugh, only £235 a year. Those receiving that salary do not work, as he suggests, for 30 or 40 hours at a time in attending to the requirements of honorable senators, but are employed as cleaners, and work comparatively short hours. I do not say for a moment that they are receiving too much, but I do not wish the position to be misrepresented. The parliamentary Estimates are prepared by Mr. Speaker and myself, and it is most unusual for them to be challenged. That being so, the request submitted by the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham) would, if carried, have very little effect upon the Government.

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