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Thursday, 11 July 1946


Mr WHITE (Balaclava) .- I should like to know whether, when this service becomes a government instrumentality, preference in employment will be- given to ex-servicemen. I ask this question because the Re-establishment and Employment Act annulled a provision in the Commonwealth Public Service Act providing for preference to returned soldiers.


Mr Calwell - I invite the honorable member to raise this matter when the committee isconsidering clause 18.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 11 to 17 agreed to.

Clause 18- (1.) The Commission shall appoint a general manager, who shall he the chief executive officer of the Commission, and it may appoint such other officers as it thinks necessary. (10.) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, every employee of the Company who, in pursuance of the Agreements between the Commonwealth and the Company, dated respectively the twenty-eighth day of March, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-two, the twentieth day Of August, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-four, and the fifteenth day of November, One thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven, wastaken over from the Commonwealth by the Company and is at the date of acquisition by the Commission of the radiocommunication assets specified in subsection (1.) of section twenty-three of this Act exclusively engaged in Australia in or in connexion with radiocommunication services shall be entitled to appointment to a position in the service of the Commission with such advancement in status and salary, beyond those held and received by him in the service ofthe Commonwealth immediately prior to his being taken over by the Company, as the Commission in the circumstances thinks just, and shall preserve any pension, superannuation, retiring allowance or furlough rights which would have accrued to him if his service in the Commission had been a continuance of his service with the Company. (11.) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, any other employee of the Company or any employee of Cable and Wireless Limited who, at the date of acquisition by the Commission of the telecommunication assets referred to respectively in sub-sections (1.) and (2.) of section twenty-three of this Act, is exclusively engaged in Australia in or in connexion withtelecommunication services and has been so exclusively engaged for a period of three years, and for whom the Commission can find suitable employment shall be entitled to a position in the service of the Commission with such status and salary and under such conditions as the Commission determines:

Provided that, in determining the conditions as to the employment of any such employee. (he Commission shall take into consideration any pension or other like rights accruing to him in respect of his service with whichever Company he was previously employed and shall, subject to the approval of the' Treasurer of the Commonwealth, make such allowance for those rights as, in the view of the Commission, is just. '







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