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Tuesday, 11 April 1961

Mr J R Fraser - I ask the Treasurer: On what head of power does the Commonwealth rely for its action in deducting from the salaries of its officers rents payable for Government-owned dwellings they occupy in Canberra, and for refusing to accept instructions from these officers that such deductions are to be discontinued? Does the Treasurer recognize that section 89 of the Public Service Act, which provides for deductions for rent for quarters provided, should not apply to dwellings in Canberra which are not provided as a condition of employment? If the Government is relying on a Treasury order, will the Treasurer state what legislative backing this order has? If the Treasurer is not able to provide the information immediately, will he make a statement on the subject at the earliest opportunity?

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