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Thursday, 3 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That the following words be left out : - " or transferred by the Board without examination, and if the Board thinks fit, without probation, to a position in the corresponding division inthe Commonwealth Service," and that the following words be inserted in lieu thereof : - " to the Commonwealth Service by the Board without examination and, if the Board thinksfit, without probation or compliance with the life assurance provisions of this Act."

The reference to non-compliance with the life assurance provisions of the Act isspecifically intended to benefit former soldiers who may have been so maimed or their health so injured by war servicethat insurance companies will not do business with them except under conditions, which actually impose a penalty upon the unfortunate men. On behalf of such employees the Government act, in effect, as an insurance concern. That is to say, a certain proportion of their pay is regularly set aside and devoted to a form of ultimate retiring allowance.

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