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Friday, 8 July 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - In this sub-clause, covering appeals against, classification, the appeal is from Caesar to Caesar. It is an appeal from the classification by the Board to the Board to ask them to undo their classification. That is not British justice. We have a Public Service Arbitrator. Why not let the appeal lie from the decision of the Board to the Arbitrator, who is independent?

Senator Pearce - Why hot let the officer classify himself , and then he will be satisfied ?

Senator SENIOR - It should appeal to the common sense and British fair play of the Senate that an appeal from the Board's classification should go before an entirely disinterested party.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -brockman. - You would need to appoint a .dozen more Arbitrators, and jet you want economy.

Senator SENIOR - Does the honorable senator suggest that there will be so much injustice in the classification of the Service by the Board that a dozen Arbitrators will be needed to hear appeals ? .

Amendment agreed to.

Clause further amended consequentially and agreed to.

Clause 26-

With the case of any officer who is in receipt of a greater salary than the maximum salary determined under the classification to be appropriate to the office occupied by him, the Board shall deal in the following manner : -

(c)   If any such reduction of salary is cer tified by the Board to have been made on the ground only that no such office was available, the officer shall, notwithstanding the reduction, remain eligible for promotion as from the class or position to which his salary before reduction was incident, and shall be entitled to employment on the class of work to which his previous salary was. appropriate, as soon as a vacancy occurs therein, in preference to any other officer of the same ' or a lower class or position whose' salary has not been so reduced;

(d)   If any officer whose salary has been reduced under the provisions of this section, and as to whom the Board has given a certificate under. the last preceding paragraph, retires from the Commonwealth Service, his salary at retirement shall for all purposes under this Act be taken to be the salary received by him prior to such reduction.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed: -

That in paragraph (c), after the word "therein", -the following words be inserted : - "which, in the opinion of the Board, he is competent to fill."

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