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Friday, 24 August 1923

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Treasurer) (2:57 AM) . - I regret that the Government cannot see its way clear to adopt the amendment. To do so would be to open the way to serious abuses. Hundreds of .changes occur every year in the staff of the Taxation Department. It is easy to see, therefore, that if the Government adopted the amendment some men might receive compensation who deserved none. Only a fortnight ago the case was brought before me of a man who left the Taxation Department to become managing clerk to an accountant in Brisbane at a salary 50 per cent, in advance of that which he was receiving in the Department. It can scarcely be said that that man is entitled to compensation.

Mr Makin - Where there is one case like that there are hundreds of a reverse kind.

Mr West - He was driven out of the Department. 1

Dr EARLE PAGE - He left it to better his position. I think that the Government's proposition is a reasonable one. The Government announced its policy respecting these employees at the earliest possible moment.

Mr M CAMERON (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - How many men have gone out?

Dr EARLE PAGE - I cannot say exactly, probably 200 or 300.

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