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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 794

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) (4.42) - I thank the Senate for the passage of this legislation. The remarks of Senator Willesee and Senator Douglas McClelland make it obvious that the Opposition supports this legislation. Senator Douglas McClelland has referred to the question of people acting in positions. I respond to his remarks because 1 have been informed that if an acting appointment to a position extends beyond one month that appointment is appealable after that period. That is really the point with which Senator Douglas McClelland was seeking to deal. My understanding of the position is that if an acting appointment extends beyond a month the right of appeal exists.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 would suggest that the Public Service be circularised to that effect.


It is apparent from what Senator Douglas McClelland has said that some members of the Commonwealth Public Service are not aware of their rights. The various professional officers associations in the Commonwealth Public Service should pick up from this debate the fact that the right of appeal exists after an acting position has been held for one month. Knowing their activities, 1 am sure they will note this point. This is the information with which I have been provided by the parliamentary advisers. I thank the Senate for the passage of the second reading of this Bill.

Bill read a second time, and reported from Committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

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