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Wednesday, 31 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . -I move -

That the amendments be agreed to.

Following representations by the honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender), I gave an undertaking that the provision in clause 18 (11.) of the bill as originally presented, stipulating that employees of the two companies should have completed a qualifying period of three years on telecommunication work before entitling them to employment inthe commission's service, would be reconsidered and, if thought desirable by the Government, deleted at a later stage The honorable member for Warringah referred to circumstances under which this particular provision could operate unjustly against certain employees of the companies as, for example, those who had been engaged on. war service. He also contended that persons who had been employed by the companies for less than three years might reasonably be entitled to some consideration.

Mr Harrison - The Minister has apparently overlooked the fact thatI dealt with that very matter at considerable length in my second-reading speech.

Mr CALWELL - If the honorable member wishes to , bask in the reflected glory of other honorable membersI have no objection. I note his protest against being overlooked in my acknowledgments. The honorable member for Warringah dealt with the matter in the committee stage. Reference was also made to it by the honorable members for Moreton (Mr. Francis) and Adelaide (Mr. Chambers), and other honorable gentlemen. Re-consideration of this matter by the Government has led to the conclusion that, in order to obviate any posibility of injustice to the employees affected, the stipulation should be deleted . from the sub-clause in question, now renumbered 18 (12.). An amendment to this effect was accordingly passed in the Senate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate's Amendment No.8. - Sub-clause (12.), after "conditions", insert " (subject to this Division) ".

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