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Thursday, 3 November 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- It is my intention to. move for the. insertion of. a new sub-clause. (2) to assist, returned soldiers temporarily employed in the Post and Telegraph Department. Prom inquiries made, I. understand that there, are from 250 to 270 maimed men in the Post and Telegraph. Department who have been compelled to take up this occupation, as the work is comparatively light. Their positions were not interfered with for some time until, the Acting Public Service Commissioner was faced with the difficulty of providing employment for telegraph messengers who had attained the age of eighteen years, and had passed the necessary examination.

Senator Russell - I have an amendment to clause 78 to cover that, and, as I am informed by the draftsman that that is the proper place in which to insert it, perhaps the honorable senator will withdraw his amendment.

Senator ELLIOTT - In those circumstances I shall not press the amendment at this juncture.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 42 -

(1)   If the Board is satisfied that it is desirable, in the interests of the Commonwealth, that the appointment be made, the Board may appoint, without examination or probation,. an.y officer of the Territorial Service to any office in the corresponding division of the Commonwealth Service, and may require the officer to effect and continue such an assurance on his life as the Board thinks fit.

(2)   For the purpose of this. Act, service int the Territorial Service by. any person,who becomes an officer in the Commonwealth. Service shall be reckoned as service in the Commonwealth Service.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed -

That after the word " Service.;" line 5, the words "or the Commonwealth Railway Service" be inserted.

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