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Friday, 11 November 1921


Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) : - Some public servants have already effected assurance with private companies, and we could not ask them to assure again. I do not suppose the private, companies would ; be agreeable to transfers being made, and we could not compel officers who were well assured before joining . the Service to take out an additional policy. It is optional for public servants to act as they desire in this connexion. I shall bring the matter under the notice of the Cabinet.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 81 to 84 agreed to.

Clause 85 -

(1)   Where a person is unable to assure his life, or is unable to assure his life without a loading of five years or more being made upon his age, and in the latter case is unwilling to assure his life, he shall not thereby be disqualified for appointment or promotion, but a prescribed deduction shall be made at prescribed times from his salary.

Amendment (by . Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the words "and in the latter case is unwilling to assure his life," in sub-clause (1), be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " or, where a person who is a returned soldier is unable to assure his life for a less annual payment' than 6 per centum of his salary, and if, in either case, the person is unwilling to assure his life."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 86 verbally amended and agreed to.

Clause 87 -

(1)   Every officer having attained the age of sixty years shall be entitled to retire from the Commonwealth Service if he desires so to do: but any such officer may (unless called upon to retire as hereinafter provided) continue in the Service until he attains the age of sixtyfive years.

(2)   If any such officer continues in the Service after he has attained the age of sixty years, he may at any time before he attains the age of sixty-five years be retired by the Board from the Service.

Amendments (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the words "called upon to retire," in sub-clause (1), be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " retired."

That the word "such," in sub-clause (2), be left out.

That the words "by the Board from the Service," in sub-clause (2), be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " from the Serviceby the Board, or, in the case of an officer of the 1st Division, by the GovernorGeneral." (Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 88 -

When an officer has attained the age of sixtyfive years and, in the opinion of the Board, it is desirable in the interests of the Commonwealth that the officer should continue in the performance of the duties of his office, and the officer is able and willing to do so, the Board may direct the officer to continue in his office for a fixed time not exceeding twelve months, otherwise every officer, on attaining sixty-five years of age shall retire from the Service.:

Provided that in the case of an officer who is not entitled to pension or superannuation allowance, and who desires to continue to be employed in the Commonwealth Service, the Board may direct that the officer he retained in the Service subject to the following: -

(e)   that any grant of salary payable to him under this Act upon retirement or to his dependants in the event of his death, shall be based on his period of service and his rate of salary at the date when he attained the age of sixty-five years.

Amendment(by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That after the word "that," in paragraph (e), the words "notwithstanding anything contained in section 70 of this Act" be inserted.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) agreed to -

That the following new clause be inserted : - " 88a. The application of this division shall extend to officers to whom section 44 of this Act applies."

Clause 89 agreed to.

Clause 90-

(1)   If the whole or part of a building belonging to or occupied by the Commonwealth is occupied for the purpose of residence by an officer, the Board may direct that a fair and reasonable sum, not exceeding 10 per centum of the salary of the officer, shall be chargeable as rent for such occupancy, and the amount of that sum may be deducted from the salary of the officer:

Provided that where any such building has been acquired or erected by the Commonwealth solely for the purpose of residence of the officer without an incidental obligation of supervis ion or general control by the officer over personnel or property, the Board may fix a fair and reasonable sum, not exceeding 7 per centum of thecapital value of the premises occupied, as rent for the premises, and such sum shall be deducted from the salary of the officer.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed-

That the words in the proviso to sub-clause ( 1 ) , " the Board may fix a fair and reasonable sum, not exceeding 7 per centum of the capital value of the premises occupied, as rent for the premises, and such sum shall be deducted from the salary of the officer," be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words, the officer occupying the premises shall pay such rent, and be subject to such conditions of occupancy, as are determined by the Minister in charge of the Department controlling the premises."







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