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Wednesday, 13 July 1921
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Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - The necessity for this amendment arises in this way : Under the Repatriation Act a Commissioner is forbidden to take any employment outside his office for pay, while under the War Service Homes Act the Commissioner is forbidden to take employment outside his office, paid or honorary. Doubt has arisen whether, with the same gentleman occupying the two positions, although one of themonly temporarily, it might not be contended that as War Service Homes Commissioner he was accepting other employment for pay, and, as Commissioner under the Repatriation Act, invalidating his position by taking employment under the War Service Homes Act. I move) -

That the amendment be agreed to.

SenatorROWELL (South Australia) [4.38]. - Is it the intention of the Government to keep Colonel Semmens in this position very long, or do they propose to fill the Repatriation Commissionership ?

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