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Friday, 18 September 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I shall deal with that point later. Immediately this measure becomes law, approximately 150 men can be permanently employed in the Postmaster-General's Department. Positions are vacant, and we are ready to employ them. In moving the second reading of the bill, the Leader of the Senate said -

It is also proposed that returned soldiers who have,given satisfactory continuous temporary service in a non-clerical capacity for at least two years should be eligible for appointment to positions of a non-clerical nature in the Commonwealth Public Service, notwithstanding the fact that they have not passed the prescribed examination. Under t he existing law, returned soldier appointees must have been temporarily employed for a continuous period of not less than two years.

I f they have been temporarily employed at any time for two years, they are eligible for permanent appointment. The existing provision has been interpreted to mean that the period of two years must have been completed immediately prior to appointment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clauses 1 to 10 agreed to.

Clause 11 (Permanent appointment of returnedsoldiers).

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