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Thursday, 3 November 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - This clause seems to me to be an improvement on the provisions of the existing Act. I take it that it provides that the Board can appoint a person from outside the Service if it is of opinion that he can do the work more capably than any one inside the Service. I would like to ask whether that is also the case under the present Act, or whether the prevailing practice is that a person from outside can be appointed only if there is no one inside the Service capable of doing the work ?

Senator Russell - Yes, that is so.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I take it that a person might be capable of doing the work, but not " as capable " as a man from outside the Service. If a man from outside could be obtained who was more capable, I take it that he would, under the clause we are discussing, be appointed in preference to a man inside the Service.

Senator Russell - Yes.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think that is fair.

Senator Russell - The difficulty under the present Act has been that the permanent head of a Department sometimes does not care to certify that there is no one in his Department capable of filling a vacant position. There is a difference between " dragging through " and " doing the job."

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the- word " seven " first occurring- in subclause (2) be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof. " fourteen."

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