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Wednesday, 2 November 1904

Mr PAGE (Maranoa) - I should like the Treasurer to explain the reason for some of the proposed increases to officers in this Department. For example, an increase of £20 is provided for in the case of the Chief Clerk and Assistant Parliamentary Draftsman.

Sir George Turner - These are increases proposed under the Classification scheme; but they are not to be paid until the Classification has been dealt with by the Parliament.

Mr PAGE - I have received several letters from members of the Public Service in Queensland, who complain that, although deductions from their salaries have been made since 1st July last, increases under the Classification scheme have not been paid. I do not think the scheme will ever be carried into effect if the hearing of appeals is to go on as at present.

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