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Wednesday, 2 November 1921

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable senator will be- out of order in discussing the merits or demerits of the clause. The question before the Committee is the propriety or otherwise of postponing the clause. On that question the honorable senator will not be in order in proceeding to analyze the clause.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is not very clear where I can start and where I can leave off. I see no reason for postponing this clause. I am more inclined to suggest that it should be deleted.

Senator Russell - I am asking for the postponement of. the clause because its operation is limited to the fourth division.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I believe that under this clause the Public Service Commissioner might make appointments by virtue of influence and not by virtue of eligibility or suitability. There is great objection taken to this clause, and the high council of the Commonwealth Public Service organizations has suggested its deletion in order to do away with backdoor influence of any sort.

The CHAIRMAN - I cannot allow the honorable senator to proceed further on those lines.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - At this stage I shall not object to the postponement of the clause, but when it comes up for consideration again, if it is not 'accompanied by a provision against back-door influence, I may find it necessary to submit an amendment upon it.

Motion agreed to; clause postponed.

Clause 40 postponed.

Clause 41 -

(1)   Every person appointed as a telegraph messenger shall cease to be employed in the Commonwealth Service on attaining the age of eighteen years, unless he has previously been transferred or promoted to some other position.

(2)   Unless the Board otherwise directs, subsection (1) of this section shall not apply to a telegraph messenger who is a returned soldier, and who attained the age of eighteen years on or after the first day of November, One thousand nine hundred and fifteen.

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