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Tuesday, 8 November 1910

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - In this matter a pound of experience is worth a ton of theory. During the dinner hour I took advantage of an opportunity to ask the Minister of Trade and Customs how the Department administered this provision in connexion with the payment of the sugar bounty. The honorable gentleman informed me that the invariable practice, not only of himself, but of other Ministers, has been that where a grower registers for bounty he sends a schedule of the wages he pays. If it is shown that generally he is paying fair wages and complying with the conditions, but that in the case of one man, for instance, he pays less, than the standard wage, one of two courses is followed. The employer makes up the arrears of wages due to the man who has been underpaid and receives the full bounty, or if the man has left, and he is not in a position to do that, he is paid the bounty less the amount he has gained by paying the lower wages. That is the course which will be followed under this Bill.

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