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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr McEWEN (MURRAY, VICTORIA) (Minister for Trade) - I will inquire into the practicability and advisability of preparing such a list. I cannot offer an opinion on this matter offhand, but I will undertake to consult the Public Service Board about it. It is a fact that when the relevant provisions of the Public Service Act 1960 are proclaimed, the special concessions for exservicemen will lapse, but those exservicemen who have already applied for appointment or transfer . on the basis of having obtained Intermediate Certificates will continue to be eligible. I have been told that the Public Service Board is conscious of the problem that will exist for this group of employees, and the board is making administrative arrangements under the present act which will preserve opportunities for appointment to the Third Division of those who have passes in intermediate or junior subjects to their credit, provided they obtain the remaining necessary qualifications within a reasonable period.

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