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Civil Service Defaulters.

About the close of the session an animated discussion took place oil jthe question of defalcations by Civil servants during the past' yeai; aud the amounts that had to be voted; to'make good tte,ir deficiencies, totaling between ten find eleven thousand, pounds sterling. It >vaa pointed out that the -local bodies were.' bound by statute to secure guarantees from their officers, and honourable members very properly urged that men who had large sums of money passing through their hands should be called upon to supply bonds also. We think that tliere ought not to'be'-any doubt on this question, m the",mindß, of the taxpayers afc< all events. To be called upon op supply ten or eleven thousand pounds per annum for the defalcations of riuih who are m positions of trust and m the enjoyment of good salaries m these days of "skinflint economy " is,ebo>igh to raise tliegdrge of any.'pfrudemY'man who has to pay?his way honourably and conscientiously. \Ye have no fault to find with the characters of our^ Civil servants generally; indeed, \we ate''inclined to -the opinion that they ire, as a rule, above the average m the matter of honesty. But, of course, they are only human, and !they are liable to the same weaknesses as the rest of the human .race. If it be just that the officer of a local body who has, m the course of 'bhe year, passing through his hands a few thousands at rapßfcshiould{be;(i(|ntp"felled by law to* givie a:.Mdelity-bond,i Sben there cannot be any sound reason why a Civil servant, who has control of; perhaps, as many thousands as the local officer jhas hundreds should be treated differently., X necessary, the State might^pay a}l'the costs hi connection with the guarantees, fto be demanded, antl'if fcHi) law 1 'dobs[not provide for this then the law ought t<j be amended as soon as possible.•-^Kxch&ngei

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890

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Civil Service Defaulters. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2550, 22 October 1890