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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator RAE (New South Wales) - - I should not object' if an amendment were proposed, and I am not particular about the wording of it, under which, in such a case as the honorable senator referred to, the person who was underpaid should receive not merely the wages to which he is entitled in the future, but the arrears of wages due to him for the time covered by the application for the bounty.

Senator Millen - The employer could not pay the money if the man had left his service.

Senator RAE - That difficulty might easily be overcome. It appears to me that an employer might under the clause as it stands, and as a subterfuge, express his re gret to the Minister that he had inadvertently paid certain df his employes less than they were entitled to, and the Minister might accept the statement and pay the whole of the bounty. I wish to avoid anything of that kind.

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