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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I think Senator Pratten has, to some extent, misunderstood the object of this Bill, which, I take it, is to lay down the conditions of employment and promotion in the Public Service. It has nothing whatever to do with a superannuation scheme. It is a machinery measure pure and simple. I have understood for some time that the Government have promised to establish a Superannuation Fund, and that a measure for that purpose will be submitted for our consideration later in the session. I cannot see that any good will accrue from the postponement of consideration of this . Bill, because we have a. promise that a Superannuation Fund is to be created.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the words " extend beyond " in subclause (2) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " exceed."

That the following new sub-clause be inserted after sub-clause (2)- (2a) Upon the expiration of any extended period- of probation the Board shall, upon a report from the Chief Officer, confirm or annul the appointment.

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