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Wednesday, 6 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I understand that the Defence Department, under present conditions, does not come within the scope of this Bill.

Senator Russell - The Department at present operates under the Defence (Civil Employment) Act 1918. As soon as that Statute shall have expired - which will be at a given period following the declaration of Peace - the civil staff of the Defence Department will automatically come under the control of this measure. I call the attention of the honorable senator to sub-clause 2, which specifically provides in that direction.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The clause says, however, that the Act is to apply to " any person employed in the Naval or Military Forces."

Senator Russell - That has reference only to the permanent fighting arms of those Forces.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I note, further, that the clause begins with the phrase, " Unless otherwise expressly provided, " and that the express provision is - as the Minister has just indicated - in subclause 2.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the word " officer " be left out, with aview to insert in lieuthereof the word " person."

That the words " and for special reasons assigned by," be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 8 -

1.   For the purposes of this Act the Public Service shall comprise -

(a)   The Commonwealth Service; and

(b)   The Provisional Service.

3.   The Provisional Service shall include the Department of Repatriation, and any other Department or branch of the Public Service of a provisional or temporary character which is included by proclamation.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed

That the words " the Department of Repatriation, and any other " be left out, with a view to inserting in lieu thereof the word " any."

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