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Thursday, 10 November 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That the words " shall forthwith " in subclause 2 be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word "may".

The sub-clause provides that if an officer, is ill for an extended period, and is unable to return to his duties, the Board may recommend the granting of an additional six months' leave. That is only fair to an officer who has spent a long period in the Service. If at the expiration of this further leave the officer is still unable to resume his duties he may be retired.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the following words be added to subclause 2 : - " and may direct that the retirement shall have effect as on the date of the expiration of any such further leave."

That sub-clauses (3) and (5) be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 68-

(2)   Unless otherwise directed by the Board, the period during which any officer is absent on leave granted pursuant to this section shall not for any purpose be included as part of the officer's period of service.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the words " Unless otherwise directed by the Board" be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 69 -

(2)   Leave of absence for a period, which shall not, unless the Board otherwise, directs, exceed twelve months, may be granted to any officer who is called up, in pursuance of the Defence Act 1903-1918, for active service in Australia, or for active service in the Naval Forces.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN(Western Australia [5.59]. - I submit that leave of absence should be granted to an officer for whatever period he may be called up for in pursuance of the Defence Act. Why a limitation of twelve months should be imposed, and the matter left to thediscretion of anybody, I do not know. If any officer is called up under the Defence Act, he must serve in the Forces, and for the whole of the period leave should automatically be granted. If we ever had another war, which necessitated an Expeditionary Force being sent out of Australia, a provision identical with this should apply. We know that the Defence Act does not contemplate men being called up for service abroad, but provision should be made for any person joining an Expeditionary Force, authorized by Parliament, to be granted leave of absence as a matter of course, without the leave having to be sanctioned by any other authority. I wish to move -

That the words " for a period, which shall not, unless the Board otherwise directs, exceed twelve months, may ", in sub-clause 2, be left out with a view to insert the word " shall ".







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