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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1485


Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - I move:

Omit from paragraph (a) proposed sub-section (2), (2a), and (2b) and substitute the following sub-sections: " (2a) An officer of the Public Service who occupies, or is temporarily performing the duties of, an office of Inspector, Senior Inspector or Inspector-in-Charge under the Public Service Act 1 922- 1 973 in the Department of Labour or a person temporarily employed under that Act as an Inspector, Senior Inspector or Inspector-in-Charge in that Department is an Inspector for the purposes of this Act. (2b) The Minister may authorise an officer of the Public Service of the Commonwealth who is not an officer referred to in sub-section (2a) to perform the duties of an Inspector. "; '.

The effect of the amendment is to alter the proposed subsection (2a) to ensure that those people who are inspectors under the Act are members of the Public Service or people who are temporarily members of the Public Service. But they must be temporary inspectors of the Public Service. Secondly, the proposal is to amend subsection (2b) to ensure that those persons whom the Minister authorises to be inspectors under this Act are already officers of the Public Service. We have seen a few examples of freelancers who recommend themselves to the good graces of ministers. It is thought that inspectors under this Act should be persons who have already been through the processes of approval for appointment under the Public Service Act and its rules. I think that the principle is pretty clear. I would expect the Committee to endorse it. Therefore I content myself with a brief submission.







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