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Public Service Severance Allowances

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Statement made on 11 June 2012 by Senator Robert Peterson (retired)

Hon. Robert W. Peterson:

Honourable senators, will the Leader of the Government in the Senate care to comment on the $1.2 billion that has been spent buying out contracts of civil servants and paying severance allowances? Normally severance allowances are paid when someone is discharged without cause, but in this case the government is paying severance to people who are voluntarily leaving the labour force. Even more ludicrous, they are making severance payments to workers who are continuing to work. Could the leader please explain that for us?

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