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Wednesday, 21 October 1903


Mr DEAKIN - I have made some inquiries . since this salary was brought under notice, and I find that on the Senate side there is only one messenger senior to the President's messenger. This messenger, Mr. Aplin, has received from the President a letter guaranteeing that his seniority shall not be affected by the proposed increase. Under the Public Service Act the President of the Senate occupies towards the officers of the Senate the position of the Public Service Commissioner, and is therefore able to give such a guarantee.


Mr Watson - That would not bind his successor.


Mr DEAKIN - Yes, it would bind his successor in office acting as Public Service Commissioner.


Sir Malcolm McEacharn - But he has no right to give such a guarantee.


Mr DEAKIN - I am informed that the President has given Mr. Aplin a letter guaranteeing that his seniority shall not be affected by this proposal, and therefore he. will not suffer any injustice.







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