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Wednesday, 29 June 1904

Mr MAHON (COOLGARDIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) -The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

1.   The Public Service Commissioner states that there was no statutory right to four and eight months' furlough in South Australia ; the law on the matter, was merely permissive, and it is now considered that there should be uniformity throughout all the States on the lines of the later Commonwealth Act, which permits of officers of over twenty years' service being granted leave of absence not exceeding twelve months on half pay or six months on full pay.

It having been the practice, however, in the various States to grant meritorious officers of less than twenty years' service leave on full pay upon their retirement, the Commissioner considered it would be only fair to continue such practice, and he therefore recommended that extended leave under the circumstances mentioned should be granted on retirement on the following scale : - For service of twenty years and over, six months on full pay.

For service of fifteen years and under twenty years, four months on full pay. For service under ten years, one month on , . full pay.

All the officers of the Commonwealth service are now treated alike in the matter of this 1-eave, and there would' seem to be no justification for dealing with the officers transferred from South Australia in a manner different to that adopted in regard to the rest of the Commonwealth.

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