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Wednesday, 2 November 1921


Senator BENNY (South Australia) . - I shall support the amendment. I cannot understand why it should not be acceptable to the Government. Its purpose is in the direction of amplification, which the clause requires. I would favour an even wider amplification. I would like to see inserted in this measure the provisions of the South Australian Act. The application of the preference contained here should be not only with respect to all members of the Naval Forces, but also to the Australian Imperial Force. Clauses 38 to 42 are in a category by themselves, and if the Minister (Senator Russell) is willing that the Committee should give later consideration 'to the clause immediately under discussion I suggest that those associated with it should1 also be postponed. Clauses 38 to 42 provide simply for the appointment by the Board of certain persons, upon satisfaction being given in respect of eligibility, and without examination. Section 11 of the South Australian Public Service Act 1919 reads -

1.   Notwithstanding anything contained in the principal Act, the Governor may appoint to any office in the Public Service any person who has been on active service and who has been temporarily employed for a period of not less than six months in any Department of the Public Service, subject to the following conditions : -

(a)   That the permanent head of the Department certifies that such person is of good character and satisfactorily performs his duties; and

(b)   That the Commissioner is satisfied that such person is competent to perform the duties of such office.

2.   The provisions of this Act as to age at the time of appointment, and as to examinations for appointment, shall not apply to persons appointed under this section, nor shall the provisions as to probation apply, except in cases where the Governor directs that such pro- . visions shall apply.

3.   In this section " active service " means service outside Australia in the war with Germany, which commenced on the 4th day of August, 1914, and with any of the Alliesof Germany in that war, as a member of -

(a)   The Australian Imperial Force or the Royal Australian Navy; or

(b)   His Majesty's Army or Navy; or

(c)   Any naval or military Force raised in any country forming part 'of His Majesty's Dominions for ' service in such war outside the country wherein such Force is raised.

The Government would be well advised to embody that provision in the Bill in preference to these related clauses, seeing that the latter propose to admit to the Service, without examination, only persons in the Permanent Naval Forces. Why should not members of the Australian Imperial Force be similarly admitted, in certain cases?







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