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Friday, 8 July 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) .- I do not know why it is necessary to retain this clause in, the Bill. I understand that it has been inserted principally for the benefit of young fellows who qualified for admission to the Public Service some time ago, and who afterwards enlisted. Seeing that it applies only to a period of nine months . after the declaration of peace, it seems to me to be entirely superfluous. I notice that a suggestion has been put forward that if it be retained, it should be made to apply to females as well as to males.

Senator Pearce - We are still technically at war either with- Turkey on Bulgaria.

Senator FOSTER - I am very glad to know that, because it means that there ia still a future before some of these people. I therefore move-

That the word "male" be left out.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 35 and 36 agreed to.

Clause 37 - (1). Except as hereinafter provided, every person admitted to the Commonwealth Service shall in the first' instance be appointed by the Board on probation only, and may be continued in such probationary position for a period of six months, but his services may be dispensed- with, by the Board at any time during that period.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed -

That the words " in such probationary position,"' be left out, with a' view to insert in lieu thereof the words " on probation."

Progress reported.

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