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Friday, 11 November 1921

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

That the words " no appointment of an officer shall be confirmed until he has effected" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof " every person appointed to the Commonwealth Service shall effect, as prescribed ".

We desire the power to prescribe so that returned soldiers may not be unnecessarily loaded for assurance. We have a system under which a certain percentage is paid into a fund which provides similar advantages to those offered by life assurance companies.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) proposed. -

That the word " officer " in the proviso he left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " person."

That after the word " prescribed " at the end of the proviso the words " or to any officer in the position of telegraph messenger until such officer has been promoted, whereupon he shall effect an assurance of his life as provided in this section " be inserted.

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