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Tuesday, 9 December 1930

Senator DOOLEY (New South Wales) . - This is the second contribution of the Government to the Melbourne agreement and honorable senators opposite apparently think that it does not go far enough. Senator Pearce holds the view that the Government should indulge in greater economy if it is to restore confidence abroad. Another suggestion of his was that the salaries of all Commonwealth public servants should be reduced. We have already had some experience with regard to wage reductions. Wage reductions result in the reduced purchasing power of the community, and smaller revenue to the Government. Consequently more doles have to be paid. The more governments indulge in wage slaughtering campaigns, the worse becomes the condition of the country. Public servants are not receiving exceptionally high remuneration for their services. I object to the Service being called a sheltered one. I know many public servants, and am aware of the struggles they went through in order to qualify for entry to the Service. They made every effort to make themselves efficient in order that they should be engaged in permanent employment.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon W Kingsmill - Is not the honorable senator discussing another bill?

Senator DOOLEY - I shall confine my remarks to that before the Senate. I ask leave to continue my remarks at a later date.

Leave granted: debate adjourned.

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