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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr BRENNAN (Batman) .- I am glad that the point raised by the honorable member for Kooyong (Mr. Menzies) has been clarified, but I confess to some confusion of mind still concerning the real meaning of this clause. The honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) spoke of the desirability of confining appointments to British people and of employing only local talent, but surely what is in mind in this clause is the ordinary public staff of the commission. [ should think that the executive officers, and ordinary office staff, are covered by this clause but not artists, lecturers, and others appointed for casual service during a limited period.

Mr Holt - It would cover programme directors and persons of that description.

Mr BRENNAN - Quite so; but it would not cover singers, instrumentalists, lecturers and so forth.

Mr Holt - I think not.

Mr BRENNAN - I should say clearly not.

Mr Holt - It may cover directors of theatrical performances, and certain persons who assist in the presentation of programmes on the administrative side.

Mr BRENNAN - The commission should be allowed a large measure of discretion in these matters, but surely, at the moment, we are dealing with work of the kind that would be performed by what might be described as the public staff of the commission.

Mr Beasley - That is so.

Mr BRENNAN - Then should not the usual conditions of our Public Service Act and regulations apply, and do they not require that only natural-born or naturalized persons shall be admitted to the Public Service ?

Mr Beasley - That is so.

Mr BRENNAN - I have no quarrel with that provision. It is a reasonable precaution to take. I have always held strongly to the view that persons who come to Australia from foreign countries and enjoy the protection of the laws of this country should be required to become naturalized citizens before being allowed to enter into business here. So long as it is understood that this clause will not affect the casual employment of artists of one kind and another for limited periods, and will ensure that the general staff of the commission shall consist of persons of British nationality, I am satisfied.

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