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Wednesday, 13 July 1904


Sir JOHN FORREST (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Yesterday I asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

What definition is placed by the Government on the words "within the limitsof his class or grade" in section 20 (1) of the Commonwealth Public Service Act, and what is the " class or grade" referred to?

The reply given to that question and to one which immediately followed it was -

The Government cannot undertake to advise the honorable member on questions of law.

I now ask the Minister whether this is a question of law. It seems to me to be merely one of fact. I desire to know what construction is placed' upon the phrase by the Public Service Commissioner " within the limits of his class or grade," and what is the class orgrade referred to?







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