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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I have no objection to the postponement of the clause, in order that the Minister- (Senator Russell) may give consideration to the suggestions that have been made. The gist of the clause is that certain men who have served in the Navy for a specified time shall be eligible, without examination, for appointment to certain positions. The Minister has promised to reconsider the clause, and I have risen to ask him, when doing so, to look into the provisions of the South Australian Public Service Act of 1919, which deals with the matter of examinations. When that measure was under consideration in the South Australian Parliament representations were made to the State Government that certain returned soldiers, who had seen active service, were eligible for positions in the Public Service, but, owing to disabilities, due to their war service, could not concentrate their minds upon the subjects of an examination paper, and were, therefore, placed at a disadvantage in seeking admission to the Service. In order that consideration should be given to the case of these men, the State Government inserted certain provisions in the State Act which the Minister might look into in giving further consideration to this clause.

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