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Wednesday, 9 November 1921


Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- When a charge is laid against an officer of the first or second division, it is fully investigated by the Minister, who has power, after making due inquiry, to suspend the officer. If the officer is suspended, his case is dealt with by the Board of Inquiry, and that is practically a final hearing. The Minister will not suspend an officer without having an investigation made, and we are vesting in the Minister power to deal with officers of the first and second divisions. When, after full investigation, the Minister is convinced that the officer is guilty, he is suspended ; and, in order to have fair play, the case is referred to the Board of Inquiry. If the charge is not substantiated by the Board, the suspension has to be removed.


Senator Russell - The other appeal is from a decision of the head of a Department.


Senator PAYNE - Exactly. If the Board of Inquiry were the first tribunal before whom an officer appeared, there would be something to be said for Senator Senior's point of view. But it is not. The Minister is the first tribunal.


Senator Russell - In this case the officer may approach the Board of Inquiry immediately. In the case mentioned by Senator Senior he approaches the Appeal Board after having been fined by the head of a Department.







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