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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr MAUGER (Melbourne Ports) - I have been hammering away at this question for some considerable time, and without having received very much satisfaction. The right honorable member for South Australia persistently declares that the men who are engaged in the Customs Department are paid for performing this additional duty. I hold that they are not, and I know that they are shamefully overworked.

Sir John Forrest - The Public Service Commissioner does not say so.

Mr MAUGER - I know that a number of men are employed upon the Customs launches who are required to work seven days a week all the year round.

Sir Malcolm McEacharn - But during one-half of their time they are not actually engaged in work.

Mr MAUGER - The honorable member is not always working during business hours. Surely that is not a right attitude to assume in regard to this matter. These men have to be at the call of duty upon seven days a week, and the fact that they are not actually engaged in work during the whole period does not affect the position. I trust that the Government will agree to the amendment. At the present time we compel private employers to allow their workmen one day's rest in seven. The members of every trades union are paid time and a half at least, and in some cases time and three-quarters, for Sunday duty.

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