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Wednesday, 21 April 1915

Mr WEBSTER (Gwydir) .- I move -

That the item "Clerk of the Senate, £1,000," be reduced by £100.

I do not see any force in moving to reduce this salary by £1. We are all, I think, against increasing salaries at the present time; and we ought to express our feelings in definite language. I submit the motion as a declaration that we desire to retain the salaries as paid before the Estimates were framed.

Mr. Ij AIRD SMITH" (Denison) [4.48]. - I sincerely hope that this motion will not be carried; and I desire to briefly explain why I voted as I did in the division just taken. The gentlemen whose salaries are under consideration have to undergo a special training for their work, and largely in the Commonwealth Service it is the position, and not the man, that is classified. If any officer faithfully and ably, as these officers admittedly do, carry out the duties that their positions demand, they are entitled to the salary proposed in the Estimates.

Mr Mathews - As a point of order, 1 should like to know whether it is competent for an honorable member to submit a motion proposing to reduce this item by a larger amount than that against which the Committee have already decided .

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