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Wednesday, 9 November 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) - I draw the attention of the Minister to the fact that no period, during which an officer may be suspended, is fixed in this clause. There should be some limit, such as twenty-one days. I realize that we cannot return to the portion of the clause dealing with this matter, but there should be some limit to the period of suspension before the hearing of a charge.

Senator Russell - I do not think so.

Senator SENIOR - The laying of the charge might otherwise be deferred for a very long time. If an alteration is not made now, I shall return to the point later on.

Senator Foll - You can deal with it in the next clause.

Senator SENIOR - But that would not make the necessary alteration in the clause under consideration. The matter would be very important to an officer concerned. There should be some limit of time within which the matter would be determined.

Senator Russell - The time might be extended to six months.

Senator SENIOR - It is not right that any officer should be under a shadow for an indefinite period of time.

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