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Thursday, 14 July 1904

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - It must be satisfactory to the public, and especially to the public servants, to hear such testimony as has been given with regard to the ability and fairness of the Public Service Commissioner.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I have had thirty years' experience of him. -

Mr FISHER - The public servants will gather that they may confidently rely upon a fair consideration of all their grievances. I was especially pleased to hear the remarks made by the honorable member for Eden-Monaro in this respect. I think it will be well for the public servants to exhaust all their rights of appeal before the details of the classification scheme are discussed in Parliament. The Public Service Commissioner has had a most difficult task to perform, yet no serious complaint has been preferred. Although the Government can claim no credit for his appointment, they are none the less pleased to know that they have such a capable officer in charge of so important a Department. It is also a matter of some satisfaction to the Ministry that notwithstanding all the fears that were expressed \vith regard to their administration, neither to-day nor on the last grievance day, have honorable members had any charges to make against them.

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