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Thursday, 10 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - There seems to have been a mistake. No reference was made to overseas service, because formerly officers were granted leave for the full period of the war by the Act.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Not by the Act, but by the grace of the present Government.

Senator RUSSELL - They were granted full leave, and their service was counted as continuous. With the idea of having it clearly expressed that the previous practice shall be continued, I move -

That the clause he postponed.

Motion agreed to.

Clause 70-

(1)   When an officer has continued in the Commonwealth Service for at least twenty years, the Governor-General . may, on the recommendation of the Board, grant to him leave of absence for a period not exceeding one month and a half on full salary or three months on half salary, in respect of each completed five years of continuous service:

Provided that an officer shallnot be granted leave of absence to exceed a continuous period of twelve months at any one time.

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