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Wednesday, 6 July 1921

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Clearly, the officer contemplated by sub-clause 5 of clause 53 is an officer who shall belong to the Service, at any rate, when he is appointed. I am not sure whether the purpose of the amendment is to take him out of the Service then for good, but the Minister (Senator Russell) seems to understand it to mean that he shall be exempt from the Act whilst he occupies the position of Chairman of the Appeal Board.

Senator Reid - Would it not be wise to make him independent in that way?

SenatorKEATING.- Quite so; but the Bill provides that he shall be a permanent chairman. This amendment, if passed, will involve a consequential amendment of sub-clause 5 of clause 53, both as to the permanency of the chairmanship and as to his being an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service.

Senator Russell - If he accepted the position for five or seven years he would preserve his right to return to the Service or to be re-appointed as chairman for a further term.

Senator KEATING - Then he would not be permanent. In accepting the amendment the Minister is accepting the responsibility for a radical alteration of the proposal of the Government as contained in clause 53.

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