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Friday, 8 July 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - Sub-clause 3 provides: -

The Board shall, as prescribed,' consider the appeal in conference with a representative of the Permanent Head of the Department concerned, and with a representative of the organization to which the appellant officer belongs (or, if the appellant officer does not belong to any organization, with the officer himself), and following upon such conference the Board shall determine the appeal.

I move -

That the words " a representative of the organization to which the appellant officer belongs (or, if the appellant officer does not belong to any organization, with the officer himself)" be left out, and the following words inserted in lieu thereof: - "the appellant or, if he so desires, with a nominee of the Public Service organization to which the appellant belongs, or with an agent (who is an officer) of the appellant."

The object is to give the officer the greatest possible freedom in selecting somebody to represent him in ah appeal case. He can have a member of the organization, or an agent who is an officer of the Department.


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - Why not go one step further and allow him to have counsel?


Senator RUSSELL - Not in ordinary departmental appeals.







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