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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator REID (Queensland) .- I should like to know if the Minister is in a position to make a definite statement in connexion, with the report of the Public Works Committee presented to Parliament last year with regard to the transfer of public servants to Canberra. iU.p to the present there has been no indication of the action which the government proposes to .take upon that report. As far as I can gather the Public Service Canberra Committee is also in .the dark. As Parliament will close this week, it is highly desirable that the Government should make a -statement dealing with the rentals, housing accommodation, and other subjects which so vitally affect the public servants who are about to be compulsorily transferred to Canberra.

Senator Pearce - I suggest that the honorable senator bring this matter up when the Department for Home and Territories vt under consideration. W/3 are now considering the Prime Minister's Department, which controls only the living allowance with regard to members of the Public Service.

Senator REID - Then ca-ia the Minist&r say if a statement, satisfactory .to the Public Service, has been made with reference to the allowances to be paid. As far as I can see, those officers who will be transferred to Canberra will suffer a reduction in salary.

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