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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - A probationer, after rendering satisfactory service for eleven months, may be taken ill, and in such a case the Board will have the power to extend the time to cover the period of his illness-. A probationer may have had a brilliant University career, and alt-hough his progress may be somewhat slow, he may be a promising officer, and the Board may be desirous of extending the period in order to ascertain if he possesses the necessary qualifications. .

Senator Reid - It really extends the period beyond twelve months.

Senator RUSSELL - Only in special cases. It is not to grant any special privileges, bub to prevent injustice. It would be decidedly unfair bo a father who had spent a good deal on his son's education if his prospects in the Service were interfered with or wholly destroyed because his progress in some particular branch of his work had not been as rapid as was anticipated. In. such cases it is desirable to give a probationer the fullest opportunity of proving his worth.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 38 -

Any person not more than fifty years of age, who has served in the permanent Naval Forces of the Commonwealth for the full period for which he enlisted or engaged, and has a satisfactory record, shall be eligible for appointment by the Board, without examination, to any office in the fourth division in the Department of Trade and Customs.

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