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Friday, 19 November 1965

Mr Whitlam m asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it the practice to refuse furlough payments to officers who are dismissed from the Public Service for serious and wilful misconduct?

2.   Is it intended, in accordance with the long service leave decision of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission on 11th May 1964, to permit such payments to officers who have continued in the service for not less than fifteen years?

Sir Robert Menzies - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows -

1.   No provision exists for payment in lieu of furlough to a permanent officer who is dismissed from the Commonwealth Public Service.

2.   The Government has recently been giving attention to a possible amendment to the Public Service Act to empower the Public Service Board to decide whether or not payment in lieu of accrued furlough should be made to an-officer who has been dismissed and, in the event of decision to make payment in lieu of leave, to decide whether payment is to be made in whole or in part. Proposals in the matter will be placed before the Parliament as soon as practicable.

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