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Friday, 25 November 1927

Senator SIB WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Defence) . - I am pleased that this measure has the approval of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham), and apparently, that of the Senate generally, since no other honorable senator has shown a desire to discuss its provisions at this stage. It is peculiarly appropriate that the opening ceremony in connexion with the forestry school should so closely synchronize with the introduction of this measure. If we are all sincere in our desire to have an effective forestry policy it is essential that we should train the necessary officers. That is now being done. We have already sixteen pupils at the school, and in the near future they will be able to render valuable assistance to the Commonwealth in connexion with our afforestation policy.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read n second time.

In committee -

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 -

The Governor-General may -

(a)   Establish a Forestry Bureau; and

(b)   Appoint an officer called the In spector-General of Forests and such other officersas are necessary for the purposes of this act. . . .

Amendment (by Senator Sir William Glasgow) agreed to -

That the following now sub-clause be added - " (2) The appointment of all permanent officers required for the purposes of this act shall be made under and in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1922-24."

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