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Friday, 18 September 1936


Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- I had hoped that this clause would have been more liberally drawn. I know of a number of returned soldiers who have given eminently satisfactory temporary service to the Commonwealth departments in clerical positions.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The clause now under discussion deals with appointments to non-clerical positions.


Senator PAYNE - I am concerned because of the insertion of the word " continuously ", whether it applies to clerical or non-clerical employees. Often before a temporary employee has completed two years' services his engagement is terminated, and after a short period he is appointed to another temporary position. This practice has resulted in the returned soldier being placed in an unfair position, because he is not given an opportunity to qualify for permanent appointment. Some men have rendered good service for broken periods up to five years. One man, after being employed in a Commonwealth department for 23 months was put off, only to secure another temporary position within a very short time. I feel sure that that was never intended when the original act was framed. Something shouldbe done to remedy that evil. If a man has given satisfactory service for periods aggregating two years he should be given an opportunity to secure permanent employment. It seems that this can be achieved only by the omission of the word "continuously" from the clause.







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