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Thursday, 10 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) .- I move-

That the following new sub-clauses be added:- "(2) The Chief Officer may grant leave of absence without pay, for such periods as are prescribed, to any representative of an organization for the purpose of the preparation of evidence* for submission on behalf of the: organization in any such proceeding.

(3)   The periods during which any officer -

(a)   is absent on leave granted pursuant to the last preceding sub-section; or section, absent on leave without pay in connexion with any proceeding before the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, or the Arbitrator, to which his organization was a . party, shall for all purposes be included as part of the officer's period of service."

A public servant who is capable of appearing in the Arbitration Courts should not be penalized, particularly as the work on which he may be engaged may occupy only a few hours, perhaps, every two or three years.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 67 -

(2)   Where in case of illness an officer, who has received extended leave of absence for twelve months, is not so far recovered as to be able to resume his duties, the Chief Officer, with the concurrence of the Board, may grant the officer further leave of absence for a period not exceeding six months. No salary . or allowance shall be paid to the officer during such further leave. If, at the expiration of such further leave, the officer is unable to resume his duties, the Board shall forthwith retire him from the Commonwealth Service.

(3)   In any case arising under this section where the Board is not in agreement with the Chief Officer, the Board shall submit the matter, with a report from the Chief Officer, to the Arbitrator for determination.

(5)   Leave of absence in case of illness shall not be reckoned as or included in leave of absence for recreation.

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