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Wednesday, 6 July 1949

Mr CHIFLEY - The Public Service Board' made a survey of the staffing needs of the Attorney-General's Department. The staff has been hopelessly overworked, and that was particularly true of the draftsmen, and those associated with them. The board recommended that between 50 and 60 positions of various grades should' be created. The positions were advertised, and the applications have been considered by the board. It was considered that the SolicitorGeneral would be the person most competent to express an opinion concerning the qualifications of applicants and that he should be given an opportunity to discuss the appointments with the Public Service Board. Professor Bailey returned from London last week and has now commenced, or is about to commence, consultations with the board. The appointments will be made at an early date.

Mr Beale - Have any appointments been made yet?

Mr CHIFLEY - I understand that some of the positions have been filled, but I am not able to state the precise number. I shall obtain the figure and supply it to the honorable member.

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