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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- The Vice-President of the Executive Council (Senator Russell) is asking the Committee to agree to a wise provision, because the clause, as at present framed, is absolutely arbitrary. When an engagement was annulled after a certain, period, as provided in sub-clause 2, there would be no opportunity for a youth to again enter' the Service as a probationer for twelve months, and many things over which he had no control might occur to prevent him from obtaining an appointment in twelve months. We should not lay down a. hard and fast rule, an& the object of the amendment moved by the Minister is to give the. Board the opportunity of reviewing the matter when circumstances arise over which a probationer has no control.

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