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Friday, 18 September 1936

Senator BRAND (Victoria) .- The proposed amendment of section 84, sub-section 9, paragraph c, of the principal act clears up a misconception. A number of temporary returned soldier employees in non-clerical positions in the Postmaster-General's Department will be affected. The list of men eligible for transfer to the permanent establishment will in consequence be augmented, but there is no certainty that their positions will become permanent. There are already men on that list with several years of continuous satisfactory temporary service, some of whom are responsible for the training of juniors who, when they have completed their apprenticeship, will be permanently appointed. While realizing that it is necessary to have a leaven of qualified juniors, these ageing digger breadwinners have a prior and moral claim for consideration. Will the PostmasterGeneral (Senator A. J. McLachlan) given an assurance that their absorption in the permanent staff will be speeded up, even if it involves the suspension of junior appointments for a period ?

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