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Friday, 18 November 1921

Senator SENIOR (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has the attention of the Minister been directed to Circular No. 21/46, G20/550, issued by the Acting Public Service Commissioner, under date 12th October, 1921, in respect to retirement of South Australian officers who were compulsorily transferred with the Defence, Trade and Customs, and Postmaster-General's Departments, as a result of the decision of the High Court?

2.   Docs the Solicitor-General for the Commonwealth concur in the ruling given by the Acting Public Service Commissioner in the circular named?

3.   What was the number of the officers compulsorily transferred from the State of South Australia to the Commonwealth at its inception -

(a)   classified, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Division?

(b)   non-classified?

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The answers are: -

1.   Yes.

2.   The circular is based on advice received from the Solicitor-General; but the circular itself has not been submitted for an opinion. 3. (a) Approximately,549. Particulars are not readily available as to the number in each separate Division.

(b)   722.

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