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Wednesday, 1 October 1902

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - I rise to ask for some information from the Minister for Home Affairs. The item under discussion gives us the opportunity to inquire as to what is proposed to be done to those officers who have passed State examinations. I understand that there will be a number of junior appointments to be made in connexion with the Commonwealth service.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That question has already been asked to-day.

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Unfortunately, I was not present when it was answered.

Mr McDonald - Are we to have it all over again because the honorable member was not here t Let him read it in Mansard to-morrow.

Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - Will the seniors have some preference in appointments 1 I believe they are entitled to it under the Act.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - As the honorable member for Bourke was not present when I answered that question, I should like to say that I have pointed out that there is a section providing that the officers in the States who have passed State examinations can be taken into the Commonwealth service on the recommendation of the Commissioner, and appointed by the Executive Council. But that will have to be very carefully dealt with, because we have a Commonwealth public service, and the first promotions must go to our own officers if they are qualified. There is nothing to prevent officers who have been trained in. the States being employed, but most of them will have to come into the service in the lower grades.

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