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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr COSTA (Banks) .- This clause removes sub-section (3.) of section 68, which reads -

When the absence of an officer is not sanctioned, he shall forfeit his pay for each day of such absence.

Our main objection is that this provision is being removed from the act and made subject to regulation. An act may be altered only by the Parliament, but a regulation may be altered from time to time by the board itself, or by a Chief Officer, who may also delegate his power. We believe that the Government should keep these matters within the power of the Parliament - the elected representatives of the people - and not allow them to pass out of its control.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 15 to 23 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 24 (Regulations for Commonwealth Service).

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