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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I am opposed to this clause. It makes provision for the creation of a new office, merely in order to enable the public servants of the Commonwealth to go before the Arbitration Court. It makes provision for the appointment of an Industrial Registrar, who is to be given a salary commencingat £600, and rising to £850 a year. Many of the special and stipendiary magistrates before whom these cases will have to be tried do not get anything like that salary. This is a proposal involving an utter waste of money. It. is a piece of gross extravagance. Is there not an officer in the Commonwealth to whom these duties might be intrusted without putting us to the additional expense of, it may be,£850 a year. I protest against this clause altogether.

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