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Wednesday, 6 July 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I have listened with pleasure and interest to the remarks of Senator J. D. Millen, and I agree with his suggestion that we should introduce into our Public Service the most up-to-date business systems.; but I failed to detect any argument against the appointment of the proposed Board. I intend to support the clause, and I was hoping that the VicePresident of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) would express his opinion on the suggestion made by Senator Earle. The idea of allowing the employees to be represented on Boards of this character is not new, because some, of the large companies in England - notably the gas companies - have adopted that principle, which has worked well.I understand from the wording of the suggestions from the High Council of ' the Public Service Associations that they desire a member of the Service to be selected from persons nominated by those associations. I presume a certain number of. names would be submitted, from which the Government would make a selection. I believe it is a principle worth adopting, as it would be the means of insuring a more contented Service. I shall support the appointment of the proposed Board, on which; I think the Service should have representation.

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