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Tuesday, 6 December 1960


Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - I move -

After proposed section forty-seven c insert the following section: - "'47ca. - (1.) A person who has been an employee for a continuous period of not less than twenty years is, subject to this section, entitled to be appointed as an officer of the Commonwealth Service, in an office the duties and salary applicable to which are substantially the same as the duties and salary applicable to him as an employee. " ' (2.) The appointment of a person to the Commonwealth Service in pursuance of the last preceding sub-section shall be without probation. " ' (3.) A person to whom sub-section (1.) of this section applies shall not be required to undergo any medical examination before appointment and shall be appointed in accordance with that sub-section whether or not he is within the appropriate age limits for appointment determined under this Division or possesses the prescribed educational qualification.".

The purpose of this amendment is to safeguard public servants who were appointed during or after World War II. and who never qualified for permanent appointment. I am not criticizing the service for not having arranged for the permanent appointment of these persons because many of them, although they had opportunities to pass the required examinations, did not bother to qualify. In some cases there may have been reasons why they did not qualify. Those persons possibly could be retrenched at the present time or, if conditions of employment worsened, at any time before they reached 65 years of age. We would like to see the employment of such persons safeguarded. If the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) could give an assurance that temporary employees having twenty years' service will be employed until they are 65 - the end of their effective service life - without any reduction in status or salary rates, I would not pursue the amendment further.







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