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Wednesday, 24 November 1965

Mr HULME (PETRIE, QUEENSLAND) (Postmaster-General) - This is really a matter which relates to the operation of the Public Service Board. As I understand the situation in regard to the Post Office, an epileptic is not accepted, in the initial stages of employment, for appointment on a permanent basis. After a period of four years and subject to examination by the Commonwealth Medical Officer, he may be accepted. However, in such case he would not be entitled to contribute to the Superannuation Fund but would have an entitlement in relation to the Provident Account. We do accept on a temporary basis people who have a mild form of epilepsy, provided that it is possible to place them in a safe area and provided they do not come in contact with the public. As an illustration of this, they would not be employed as linemen or in one of the hazardous occupations within the Post Office. Whether they are admitted to employment in the Post Office depends in both cases on the report of the Commonwealth Medical Officer.

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