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Friday, 24 November 1905


Senator Turley - Does the honorable senator intend to propose that the salary be increased ?


Senator STEWART - No; but I propose to institute a comparison, and say that, if the one position is worth only£700, the other position is not worth more than£500. In the Department of Home Affairs the staff consists of twenty-nine persons, whereas the Deputy Postmaster-General in Queensland controls, I suppose, several hundreds of employes, besides a number of people who perform work under contract, and so forth. If the position in Queensland is worth only£700, by what stretch of imagination can the Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs be deemed to be worth£800? Any one with a grasp of the relative responsibilities of the position must see that either one salary must be reduced or the other salary increased. I should not like to see the latter course adopted, because I think the Queensland official receives sufficient remuneration already, and that the Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs is very much overpaid. I notice that the Chief Clerk in the Post Office in Queensland is paid £520 per annum, whereas the Chief Clerk in the Correspondence Branch of the Department of Home Affairs is paid £600. I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to reduce the item, Correspondence Branch, " Chief Clerk, £600," by £80.

Request negatived.

Request (by Senator Stewart) proposed -

That the House of Representatives be requested to reduce the item, Correspondence Branch, " Chief Clerk, £600," by £50.

Question put. The Committee divided-

 

 

Question so resolved in the negative.

Request negatived.

Progress reported.







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