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Thursday, 10 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That the words "a conference called by" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " any proceeding before ".

As honorable senators are aware, a Commonwealth Public Service Arbitration Court has been established, and when an organization desires its representative to prepare its case and attend the Court, that officer loses a certain amount of time and pay ; and we propose to grant such officer sufficient time, on full pay, in which to prepare a case for submission to the Court. There are ample restrictions to prevent any abuse of this privilege; and, as it is necessary, in the interests of the Department, to allow representatives sufficient time in which to do this work, I trust the Committee will agree to the amendment. Many of these men work in an honorary capacity, and, in such circumstances, I do not think their pay should be deducted during the period they are absent from duty.

Amendment agreed to.

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