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Friday, 18 September 1936

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -Clause 11 of the bill deals with the permanent appointment to the Commonwealth Public Service of returned soldiers who have not passed the prescribed examination. I remind honorable senators that many of the persons to benefit under this provision were absent from Australia for four years during a very important period of their lives. Yet the proviso to clause 11 appears to nullify what is provided in respect of the permanent employment of returned soldiers. It reads -

Provided that any such appointment shall be to a position the duties of which are similar to those which the returned soldier has been performing or performed, and.

Under this proviso many returned soldiers in temporary employment, and particularly linesmen, may be unable to receive promotion, and others, new appointments.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - This measure is to provide more particularly for the permanent appointment of employees in the Postmaster-General's Department whose services were dispensed with during the depression.

Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - It will apply to returned soldiers who may have been employed temporarily for two years or who are still temporarily employed. My complaint is that the proviso nullifies the benefit which the clause purports to confer.

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