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Friday, 11 December 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I have some doubt as to the basis on which the Bill rests. I understood from the statement made by the Minister the other day that it was necessarily based upon the Estimates for the current financial year ; but a statement was made elsewhere to-day, and has been repeated here now, that, with certain exceptions, the 'Bill is based on the rates of expenditure authorized for the last financial year. There is something of a conflict there. The Estimates for this year provide for certain increases in salaries. Does this Bill follow the basis of the Estimates for 1913-14, or does it follow the Estimates which we are to have ample time to consider next week ? It may make a very considerable difference to officers who are down for increments, so that it is desirable that the point should be cleared up.

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