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Friday, 8 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I move-

That the words " all, Chief Officers of Departments" in sub-clause (1) be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " such other officers as the GovernorGeneral determines."

This amendment is necessary, because a chief officer in a Department in an isolated locality does not have the same responsibilities as a chief officer in an important centre. The Customs Officer at Port Darwin is a chief officer, but we do not regard him as a chief officer of the

Department, although he has authority. Chief officers are those immediately under the head of the Department.

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