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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BECK (Denison) .- Subclause 6 provides that -

Officers and servants appointed by the commission shall not be subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1922-1941, but shall be subject to such conditions (including tenure of office) as arc prescribed.

The Australian Broadcasting Commission employs more than 100 temporary announcers who, hitherto, have not been entitled to annual increments of salary and other advantages enjoyed by the permanent employees. Subclause 8 provides -

The general manager of the Australian Broadcasting Commission constituted under the Australian Broadcasting Act 1932-1940 and all other officers and servants of that commission holding office, or employed, in the service of that commission immediately prior to the commencement of this act, shall be deemed to have been appointed by the commission under this section as general manager, officers and servants, respectively.

I should like the Minister to inform me whether temporary announcers, some of whom have been ' employed by the Australian Broadcasting Commission for more than two years, will, under subclause 8, automatically become members of the permanent staff.

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