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Tuesday, 8 November 1904

Mr PAGE (Maranoa) - This is the item which caused all the trouble on Wednesday last, and I desire to again move -

That the item " Registrar,£420," be reduced by£20.

The Treasurer told us on Wednesday last that these increases would depend upon the adoption of the classification scheme.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - Not all of them ; some of them are statutory increases.

Mr PAGE - I desire to make myself perfectly clear upon that point. I have no desire to reduce the increments to which officers are. entitled- by statutory provision, but I object to sudden jumps amounting, in one case, to £150 in two years. Those honorable members who vote for increases such as that proposed in the case of the Registrar are really committing themselves to the adoption of the classification scheme. I believe the officers whose salaries are provided for in this division had a hand in the preparation of the classification scheme, and it is peculiar that the officers of the Public Service Commissioner's Department should be granted increases to which no other public servants are apparently entitled.

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