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Friday, 24 August 1923


Mr BOWDEN - On the 23rd August, the honorable member for Hindmarsh (Mr. Makin) asked the following questions : -

1.   Is it a fact that two permanent noncommissioned officers of the Royal Australian Engineers who have not passed the prescribed entrance examination of the Clerical Division of the Commonwealth Public Service have be"en appointed to the Fourth Class, Clerical Division, in the Works Branch of the Defence Department, and that four permanent noncommissioned officers of the Royal Australian Engineers have been similarly appointed to the Fifth Class, Clerical Division?

2.   If so, in making these appointments, did the Government give full consideration to the fact that many returned soldiers who had passed the prescribed entrance examination were, awaiting appointment to the Clerical Division of the Commonwealth Public Service?

3.   In making the above appointments to Fourth Class positions, did the Government fully consider the qualifications of all Fifth Class clerks already in the Clerical Division of the Commonwealth Public Service?

4.   What steps were taken to inquire into and ascertain the qualifications of clerks already serving in the Clerical Division of the Commonwealth Public Service for appointment to the positions referred to?

5.   Were all the vacancies advertised?

6.   If not advertised, why were they not advertised?

7.   Are the non-commissioned officers wh(o were so appointed to these positions in the Fifth and Fourth Class,, Clerical 'Division, Commonwealth Public Service, now eligible for transfer or promotion to any other position in the Clerical Division of the Commonwealth Public Service outside the Works Branch, Defence Department?

8.   If so, what special qualifications have these officers for appointment to clerical positions other than in the Works Branch, Defence Department?

0.   Will the Minister lay on the table of the

House all papers in connexion with these appointments?

I am now in a position to furnish the honorable member with the following replies : -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yea.

3.   Yea.

4.   This was merely &, reclassification of the positions already occupied by the officers in question, and no steps were necessary.

5.   No.

li.   Not considered necessary.

7.   These officers are subject to the Commonwealth Public Service Act 1922, and their transfer or promotion is governed by the provisions of that Act and regulations made thereunder.

8.   See answer to No. 7.

9.   I shall be pleased to allow the honorable member to peruse the papers at my office.







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