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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr TOWNLEY (Denison) (Minister for Immigration) . - I want to reply, very briefly, to the remarks of the honorable member for Banks (Mr. Costa). First, I point out that this question has been considered very carefully. Initially, the joint council had a look at it, and then the Public Service Board also considered it. Eventually it came to the Cabinet. While it is true that there is considerable merit in the argument that has been put forward by the honorable member in support of his amendment, and also in that of the honorable member for Bendigo (Mr. Clarey), who spoke very wisely and exceptionally well a little while ago, the fact of the matter is that offences which carry a fine of less than £2 are, of their very nature, of a trivial kind. Foi that reason, it is considered that the importance of the disciplinary action would be unduly inflated if the officer concerned were entitled to appeal to the appeal board. As I have said, the matter has been very carefully considered, and I regret to inform the honorable member for Banks that the Government will not accept the amendment.

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