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Wednesday, 6 July 1921


Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I recognise that the VicePresident of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) did all that he could to supply copies of these amendments to honorable senators as soon as possible after he had received them from the Acting Public Service Commissioner. But my contention is that somebody has erred in that the amendments were not in the hands of honorable senators earlier. It seems to me that the Acting Public Service Commissioner should have been consulted in connexion with the drafting of the measure. If he were consulted, and if he did not send forward the suggested amendments until the last moment, the blame does not rest with the Minister. I understand that the Acting . Public Service Commissioner sent along some amendments which were the subject of consideration at the hands of a Cabinet subCommittee upon last Friday afternoon. I should like to know, however, whether all the amendments suggested by the Acting Public Service Commissioner have been adopted by the Government, or whether they have deemed it wise not to proceed with some of them? If they have, we ought to be afforded an opportunity of knowing what amendments have been rejected.


Senator Russell - Does the honorable senator think that I have no right to bring forward an amendment except with the consent of the Acting Public Service Commissioner ?


Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not suggest that for a moment. The Acting Public Service Commissioner may -send along fifty amendments, and the Minister may be justified in turning down every one of them. But we have a right to know what amendments he has rejected.







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