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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 792


Senator WILLESEE (Western Australia) - This Bill amends section 50 of the Public Service Act in relation to promotion appeals within the Public Service. At present, based on the Bailey Appeal Report of 1944 which has applied evevr since, appeals are heard by a promotions appeal committee which consists of a chairman, a member of the relevant department and a member of the associated union. Appeals by officers up to a certain grade in the Public Service are determined within the States. Appeals above that grade are referred to the Public Service Board for decision. What this Bill does is to place, in between the Public Service Board and State appeal bodies, another body.

The duty of that body will be, where the provisional appointees are from one State and appellants are from other States, to consider the reports of State promotion appeal committees and in Canberra make the final decision. It may be necessary for members of the body to travel from State to State to take further evidence or to get the provisional appointee or the appellants before it. The creation of this body is probably a natural extension, but it is a wonder, when one looks back over the whole history of the Bailey appeals system, that the necessity for such a body has not arisen before. The Opposition thinks that this appears to be a sensible move and does not offer any objection to it.







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