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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator OGDEN (Tasmania) . - I wish to direct attention to an anomaly with regard to the classification of certain officers by the Public Service Board. It is the custom of the board to place officers in the smaller States in a lower classification with a lower salary than in the larger States, notwithstanding that they and officers filling them may be carrying out the same duties. I refer particularly to heads of departments and citeas an illustration the Deputy Director of Posts and Telegraphs in Hobart and the Sub-Collector of Customs in the same city. Their classification and salary are lower than the classification and salary of officers performing the same duties in Western Australia, and the latter, so I understand, are classified lower than similar officers in Victoria. I see no good reason for this differentiation because the responsibility resting upon officers in the smaller States, is just as great, and it is possible that their duties are more onerous. This grievance has been felt by heads of departments in the smaller States for a long time and I should like to see it removed.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [3.27]. - I remind the honorable senator that the Public Service Board, before making a classification of offices, conducts careful enquiries, and therefore, must have full knowledge of the value to be placed upon the various positions in * the Public Service. Parliament deliberately placed the Public Service under the control of the board in order to deal fairly with all officers in the Service.

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