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Friday, 8 November 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - On the 31st October, Senator Arkins asked the Postmaster-General the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Is it a fact that the Public Service Act was amended in 1934 to allow the Government to be in a position to permanently employ those returned soldiers who bad qualified by examination for positions as mechanics, &c, but who could not pass the necessary medical tests owing to disabilities caused by war?

2.   If so, will the Minister state whether any of the men affected by this legislation have been accepted as permanent public servants since the amending of the act?

3.   Were there any telephone mechanics among those accepted, and if so, how many?

4.   In view of the ministerial statement as recorded in Hansard on 20th September, 1935, regarding the poor outlook for the recruiting of mechanics and postmen from outside the Service, will he indicate whether it is still the intention of the Government to engage the returned soldier mechanics affected as above, and when?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable senator with the following reply to his inquiries : -

1.   Yes..

2.   Thirteen have been appointed.

4.   The staffing situation generally is such as to preclude immediate consideration of any appointments from outside the Service to positions of mechanic and no indication can he given when it will be possible to give favorable consideration to applications.

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