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Thursday, 10 October 1912


Senator LYNCH (Western Australia) . - Iwish to bring under the notice of Ministers a curious practice which has recently been followed in relation to calling for applications for positions in the Public Service. They are advertised in such a way that officers in distant portions of the Commonwealth are not enabled to send in applications at all. Cases have been brought under my notice where the last date for sending in applications has been so fixed by notice in the Government Gazette as absolutely to preclude persons in Western Australia from sending in applications.


Senator Millen - Applications for what ?


Senator LYNCH - For positions in the Public Service. This happens even in regard to the coastal districts of Western Australia, where people have the best opportunities of sending in applications through the ordinary channel. It applies still more forcibly to persons situated in far-distant localities. I bring this matter under the notice of Ministers in the hope that a speedy alteration will be made. I do not say that other distant parts of the Commonwealth are not similarly situated in this regard, but it is manifestly unfair to call for applications in such a way as to debar possible applicants from distant parts of the Commonwealth from competing on equal terms with those residing in the Seat of Government or close athand. I do not say that the people of the West are more anxious to secure positions in the Public Service than are residents in any other part of the Commonwealth. We are quite prepared to pay our share of the bill in respect of the Public Service ; but we are certainly anxious to have equal opportunities with people resident in towns and districts nearer at hand to obtain employment in the Service. I merely bring the matter under the notice of Ministers in order that greater care may be exercised in the future, so that persons residing in remote parts of Australia will have just the same chance of competing for positions in the Public Service as have residents of Melbourne, Sydney, or any other big centre of population near at hand.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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