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Tuesday, 22 March 1904

Mr MAUGER (Melbourne Ports) - I should like the Minister for Home Affairs, if he can see his way clear, to, at any rate, consider the advisability of making the remuneration to the various poll clerks something like commensurate with the work they do. I understand that 15s. was paid to poll clerks for a day's work pf sixteen hours.

Sir John Forrest - There were a great many applicants for the positions.

Mr MAUGER - In this connexion, there has been an amount of sweating not very creditable to the Department, and I hope the Minister will take the matter into consideration.

Mr Poynton - Some of the men employed received ' three guineas for three weeks' work.

Mr MAUGER - I hope that the Government will take care that poll clerks in Commonwealth elections are paid as much as is paid to poll clerks in State elections. The payment in the case of the States is by no means extravagant; and if ,£40,000 has been saved by the Commonwealth, at the expense of those who did the drudgery, that is not a fact to be proud of. I hope that in the forthcoming election in the Melbourne constituency those who do the work will be .adequately paid.

Question resolved in the affirmative. House adjourned at 10 p.m.

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