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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - There is a matter in connexion with procedure on appeals which I wish to bring under the notice of the Minister. The proviso to sub-clause 3 reads -

Provided that if the punishment so imposed by the Chief Officer be other than fine,the officer may appeal, as prescribed, against the decision of the Chief Officer -

There is a right of appeal against all punishment other than the imposition of a fine. But Iam inclined to think that the right of appeal should be extended. If an officer charged with an offence pleads not guilty, I think his case should go straight to the Appeal Board instead of being dealt with, where a fine is imposed, by the chief officer.

Senator Russell - A man in charge of a branch of a Department; in an outside district, may fine an officer under his control, and that officer, under the Bill, would have a right to appeal to' the head of the Department.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I do not think that is provided in the sub-clause, but I did not fully understand the Minister's statement with regard to the redrafting of the sub-clause. Perhaps he will make a fuller explanation. I may then- have nothing further to say, or I may bring the matter up again.

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