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Thursday, 3 November 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - This matter will probably arise in connexion with the proposed Superannuation Bill. As for the policy of the Government conducting their own insurance business regarding all forms of risk, I* would remind honorable senators of the success which attended the insurance of Commonwealth vessels during the war period. As for the system of insurance of officials in the Mandated Territories, I am free to say that that also is paying handsomely. I feel confident that the same could be said if the Government were to take over the insurance of the personnel of the Public Service generally.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 45 -

(1)   Any person having at any time either before or after the commencement of this Act retired from any salaried office, not being of a temporary or casual character, in the Commonwealth "or Territorial Service, or in the Public Service of any State, may, if not more than fifty years of age, be appointed by the Board to the Commonwealth Service without examination, and, if the Board thinks fit, without probation, and without compliance with the life assurance provisions of this Act.

(2)   Such appointment shall not be made to a position superior in division to that in which he was an officer at the time of his retirement.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That, after the word " Public," the words " Railway or other " be inserted.

That sub-clause (2) be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 46 -

(1)   If at any time in any special case it appears expedient or desirable in the public interest to appoint to the Commonwealth Service some person who is not in the Commonwealth Service, and who is not eligible under the conditions otherwise prescribed for admission to the Commonwealth Service, the Governor-General may, on the recommendation of the Board upon report from the permanent head, appoint such person accordingly without either examination or probation, and, also if he thinks fit without requiring him to assure his life.

(2)   No such appointment shall be made until the Board has certified that in its opinion there is no person available in the Commonwealth Service who is as capable of filling the position to which it is proposed that the appointment shall be made. A copy of every recommendation, report, and certificate under this section shall, within seven days after the making of the appointment, be laid before both Houses of the Parliament, if the Parliament is then sitting, or, if not, then within seven days of the next meeting of the Parliament.

Sub-clause 1 amended (on motion by Senator Russell) to read -

(1)   If at any time in any special case it appears expedient or desirable in the public interest to appoint to a division other than the fourth division some person who is not in the Commonwealth Service, and who is not eligible under the conditions otherwise prescribed for admission to the Commonwealth Service, the Governor-General may, on th recommendation of the Board upon report from the permanent head, . appoint such person accordingly without examination, and, if the Governor-General thinks fit, without probation or requiring him to assure his life.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed -

That the word " person " in sub-clause (2) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof " officer."







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