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Friday, 24 June 1904

Mr LONSDALE (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I wish to ask the Prime Minister whether, under the reclassification scheme, the apparent reductions which have been made in some instances, will affect the present occupants of the offices in question? Is not a re-arrangement subsequently to be made by means of which officers in receipt of higher salaries than those at which the Commissioner has valued the work performed by them will be removed to positions to which their grades entitle them?

Mr WATSON - The plan adopted by the Commissioner has been to grade the work of offices. Where it has been found that an office is filled by an officer in receipt of a salary higher than that which the work justifies, the Commissioner does not propose to reduce the salary of such officer, but intends to await the first opportunity of transferring him to an appropriate position.

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Will the Commonwealth pay the cost of his transfer?

Mr WATSON - Of course. Within the States it is doing that every day.

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