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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr CASEY - I was under the impression that the question had been answered, but if . it has not, I shall obtain the information as quickly as possible. The members of the commission are working extremely hard, and without cease, in order to get the main lines of the scheme into operation, lt is difficult for them at the same time to keep pace with a multifarious correspondence, and also to answer a large number of questions asked in this House.

Mr DRAKEFORD - Is it not a fact that many appointees were drawn from branches of the Commonwealth Public Service that will not be affected by the National Health and Pensions Insurance Act, while very few have been drawn from the Pensions Department which will be affected ?

Mr CASEY - The method of recruiting individual officers for the national insurance staff is by the calling of applications through the Public Service Board, the advertisements appearing in the Gazette. From the applicants the most suitable persons are appointed to the various posts. If they happen to come from certain departments rather than from others, that is pure chance.

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