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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -BRQCKMAN.- If the new Minister was not satisfied as to the efficiency of the existing permanent head, he should have the power to " sack: " him, and appoint another.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - That would be going too far.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - Machinery is provided for ridding the Service of inefficient officers. If a Minister has availed himself of that machinery, and brought 'about the dismissal of an unsuitable man, he should have a free hand in the appointment of a successor. The Government are responsible, and ' should possess control over the appointment and continuance in service of those who are administering Departments. So far as permanent heads are concerned, the power of selection, 1 maintain, should be in the hands of the Cabinet, and not a matter for any Board.

Senator de Largie - If the honorable senator's views were adopted, there would be frequent instances of " spoils to the victors."

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