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Tuesday, 12 December 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) - - I merely desire to point out that the effect of Senator Rae's amendment would be to throw upon a branch of the Public Service the costs of the Government if their representative was the respondent in an appeal. Why should the pub-' lie servants be penalized to that extent? Why should they be called upon to foct the' costs of the Public Service Commissioner ?

Senator Rae - If my amendment be carried, I intend to move the deletion of the word " shall," with a view to insert the word " may " in lieu thereof.

Senator MILLEN - Under the amendment, if any body of our public servants contested a case before the Arbitration Court, and failed to obtain an award, costs would be given against them, and thus they would be called upon to pay the costs of the Public Service Commissioner. I fail to see why they should be penalized in that way, and I am surprised at the frankness with which Senator Rae has disclosed his desire here.

Amendment negatived.

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