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Thursday, 19 July 1906

Mr JOHNSON (Lang) .- As I know of one case in which it is probable that a civilian who is employed in connexion with a military canteen will lose his employment as the result of the passing of this Bill, I think that it should be a recommendation to the Military Department that any persons who are deprived cif their employment consequent upon this legislation, should, if possible be appointed to other positions in the Department.

Mr McCay - Tn what kind o'f cases will they lose their employment?

Mr JOHNSON - I , know that the canteen accountant at the Victoria Barracks, Sydney, is not a member of the Military Forces. He is a civilian, and if this Bill be passed, he will probably lose his employment.

Mr McCay - His is a very rare case.

Mr JOHNSON - It is one case, at any rate. I have no desire to see anybody needlessly thrown out of employment consequent upon the operation of this Bill, and I would like the Minister to take the case of the individual to whom I have referred, and of others who may be similarly situated, into his favorable consideration, with a view to ascertaining if some other work cannot be found for them. There should be other avenues of employment open to them in the Defence Department. For instance, in the clerical or storekeeping branch, an accountant's services might be utilized. I have no doubt that anybody who suffers as the result of the operation of this Bill will have his case favorably considered bv the military authorities.

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