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Friday, 8 December 1911

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - May Iask the Vice-President of the Executive Council whether his attention has been drawn to a paragraph which appeared in the Herald of last evening, ' under the headings "State Land Tax," "Assessors Appointed," in which it is shown that sixty-one assessors have been appointed, whose duty it will be to value land on similar lines to those adopted in connexion with valuations for the Commonwealth Land Tax Department. It is further shown that amongst the assessors appointed are the following gentlemen : - Brunswick, J. Hume Cook ; Collingwood, William Rain ; South Melbourne, John Baragwanath, Frank Gerald Hartley ; and Coburg, J. W. Kirton. As similar positions will probably have to be filled in a very short time in the. Commonwealth service, I should like the honorable senator to say whether the Commonwealth Government have in contemplation any scheme whereby it will be possible to appoint men who have been actively associated with the Labour movement, and have failed to get into Parliament, following the example in this connexion set by the Government of Victoria ?

Senator McGREGOR - I sincerely trust that the party behind this Government will never have so many defeated candidates and political derelicts to look after. . . I hope, also, that they will never descend, though they are often accused of it, to this kind of illegitimate preference to people other than unionists.

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