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Thursday, 24 June 1915

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

With reference to the question by Mr. Sinclair, M.P., on 28th May last (Hansard, p. 3545), "Whether the policy of preference to unionists is to be applied in making temporary or other appointments to the Electoral Department," and the reply of the Minister of Home Affairs, "that it will apply in so far as it may be applicable to the employment of tem- porary Service clerks under section 40 of the Public ervice Act " -

1.   Does the Public Service Act give any power to the Minister or to the Government to interfere or influence the Public Service Commissioner, or the permanent head, or the chief officer, in recommending the appointment and promotion of officers in the Public Service, whether permanent or temporary?

2.   As section 40 of the Public Service Act provides in respect to temporary employees that " the permanent head or the chief officer shall select in such manner as may be prescribed from the persons whose names arc upon the prescribed register in the State in which such assistance is required such person or persons who are available as appear to be best qualified for such work," how does it come about that the Minister for Home Affairs lias made a condition that preference to unionists should apply to the appointment of temporary clerks in the Electoral Department?

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