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Wednesday, 6 July 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - The information just given is im portant, and should be made widely known. Among returned soldier employees in the pay office of the Repatriation Department, there have been many recent notifications that their services are uo longer required. These men are not aware that the fact of their having been engaged in the Repatriation Department furnishes them with a recommendation and a preference whenever there may be vacancies in other spheres of the Public Service. I know that several ex-soldier employees in South Australia, who have been dismissed, have experienced considerable difficulty in securing work, while, at the same time, men have been retained in the pay office who' are not returned soldiers. I suggest that the fact should be generally made public that returned men whose services have had to be, or are likely to be, dispensed with, are entitled to preference in respect of applications for positions throughout the* Public Service generally.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 9 (Appointment of Board of Commissioners).

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