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Friday, 18 September 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Section 84, sub-section 8 of the principal act, reads -

Notwithstanding anything contained in this act, a returned soldier may be appointed to the Commonwealth Service, although not free from physical defects due to service in the war, if it is certified by a medical practitioner approved by the board that the soldier is free from such physical defects as would incapacitate him for the efficient discharge of the duties of the position to which he is to be appointed.

Provided that if in addition, the medical practitioner certifies that any physical defect of the returned soldier is likely to prevent continuance of efficient service up to the age of 60 years, the returned soldier shall not, if appointed to the Commonwealth Service, be deemed to be an employee within the meaning, and for the purposes, of the Superannuation Act, 1922-1934.

Senator Arkins - That is a cross-word puzzle.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The provision is only just to the other contributors to the fund. Under the proviso which I have just read, I have been able to overcome the obstacle in a few cases in which returned soldiers, although suffering from physical defects, were not in ill health to the extent of affecting their expectation of life.

Senator Collett - Were they appointed in the terms set out in (c) (ii) ?


SenatorARKINS (New South Wales) ambiguities, intricacies, difficulties and mazes of the legislation ore put there not to assist returned soldiers to obtain appointments in the Public Service, but to keep them out.

Clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reportedwithout amendment; report adopted.

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