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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr LISTER (Corio) (6:47 AM) .- On many occasions representations have been made for increased allowances to Divisional Returning Officers. I should like to know whether all Divisional Returning Officers receive the same salary. Some divisions contain as many as 70,000 electors, while in others the electors do not exceed 30,000. Moreover, the population in some districts is much more settled than in others. Officers in charge of thickly populated districts with a moving population, should be paid more than those officers who havenot nearly the same amount of work to perform.

Sir NEVILLEHOWSE (Calare- Minister for Home and Territories [6.49 a.m.]. - This matter was discussed last year and referred to the Public Service Board. Later, the electoral officers concerned applied for additional remuneration, but without success. I shall look into the question.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of Defence.

Proposed vote, £3,666,000, agreed to.

Special Defence Provision to Cover Developmental Programme.

Proposed vote, £1,000,000, agreed to.

Department of Trade and Customs.

Proposed vote, £911,260.

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