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Friday, 18 September 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I shall be glad if the Minister in charge of the bill will inform me of the. meaning of proposed new section 42 which reads -

If the board is satisfied that it is desirable in the interests of the Commonwealth that the appointment be made, the board may appoint to any office in the Commonwealth Service, without examination or probation, any officer of the Territorial Service or the Commonwealth Railway Service, or any member of the police force of the Territory for the Seat of Government.

It seems to me that this provision is capable of two constructions, and without wishing to appear unduly suspicious I ask whether under cover of it some particular appointment is contemplated. I may add that I have an idea that such an appointment is to be made.

Senator Hardy - What is the honorable senator's anticipation ?

Senator COLLINGS - I have no intention whatever of disclosing to the Leader of the Country party my information or its source. My purpose is to obtain information from the Minister if I can get it. Under the Public Service Act and regulations appointments to the Commonwealth Service are made following the passing of examinations. I have not had the opportunity to confer with members of the Public Service, but I fail to see why certain persons are to be permitted to enter the Commonwealth Public Service without passing the prescribed examination. If the Minister can satisfy me upon the two points I have raised, I shall have no further comment to make on the bill.

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