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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Mr LYONS - On Tuesday last the honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) asked me a question, without notice, concerning a statement in the Melbourne Age of the 11th March on the subject of an advertisement inviting applications for the position of Liaison Officer, External Affairs, London. In particular, he asked for my comments on a suggestion that the conditions of the appointment had been so framed as to make it impossible for the appointment to be secured by any one other than the person named in the newspaper statement.

I have looked into the matter, as promised, and have been unable to discover anything to bear out the suggestion. As I pointed out in reply to a question upon notice, asked by the honorable member on the 11th March, the basis of remuneration has been altered, for reasons which I explained at the time, but the total remuneration payable to the appointee has not been reduced or increased. The academic and other qualifications stipulated are also in accord with the conditions laid down when the position was created in 1924, and with the conditions approved by the Public Service Board in respect of the senior External Affairs position in Australia in 1929. I may add that an appointment from outside the permanent Public Service can be made only upon the approval of the Public Service Board, after claims from applicants within the Service have been duly considered.

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