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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . - The honorable member for Warringah (Mr. Spender) must understand that it is necessary to draw the line somewhere when making provision for the taking over of employees. If the period of service is fixed at three years some one will argue that it should be fixed at two; and if we make it two, there will be arguments advanced to prove that it should, be one. I shall ask the technical advisers of the Government to have another look at sub-clause 11.

Mr SPENDER (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - There should be an obligation on the commission to engage all employees if it can.

Mr CALWELL - I think that is a very fair suggestion. In my secondreading speech on the bill I said that a committee would be established, on which there would be representatives of the two companies concerned as well as of the Post Office and the Treasury, to consider the claims of all persons not re-employed by the commission, so that adequate compensation would be paid to those whose services were not required after the merger.

Mr Francis - Will the period of three years exclusive service include the time that a nian was with the armed forces? Obviously, if a man was serving in the Navy, the Army or the Air Force he could not at the same time be working for the company.

Mr Spender - That is what 1 have asked.

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