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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Whitlam m asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

Has consideration been given to amending the Commonwealth Employees' Furlough Act to permit payments, in accordance with the long service leave decision of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission on the 11th May 1964, to employees with not less than fifteen years' service even if they have been discharged on account of unsatisfactory service?

Mr McMahon - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

On 19th November 1965, in reply to a somewhat similar question concerning officers dismissed from the Commonwealth Public Service, the then Prime Minister indicated that consideration was being given to a possible amendment of the furlough provisions relating to such officers and that proposals would be placed before the Parliament as soon as practicable(" Hansard ", p. 3036). The Commonwealth Employees' Furlough Act 1943-1959 provides furlough benefits for those employed in a temporary capacity in the Public Service and for officers and employees of Commonwealth Statutory Authorities and the relevant provisions of that Act will be reviewed in the light of proposals for amendment of the Public Service Act 1922-1964.

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