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Wednesday, 13 March 1968

Mr NIXON (Gippsland) (Minister for the Interior) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill and the Bill to amend the Officers' Rights Declaration Act which I will be seeking leave to introduce later, have a single routine purpose. The Northern Territory Administration Bill proposes insertion in the Northern Territory Administration Act of a provision which will mean that if an officer of the Commonwealth Public Service were to be appointed Administrator he will be entitled to retain his existing and accruing rights in the Public Service and his service as Administrator will be counted for the purpose of his Commonwealth service.

The Officers' Rights Declaration Bill is to include a consequential reference in the schedule to the Officers' Rights Declaration Act. The effect of this is to identify the rights that are preserved to a Commonwealth public servant who may be appointed as Administrator. Those rights include retention of accrued sick leave, long service leave and superannuation rights and the right on termination of the statutory appointment to be placed in an office in the Public Service of such status and salary as the Public Service Board determines to be reasonable in the circumstances.

There is no particular significance in the amendments being made at the present time. If the measures are passed by the Parliament, however, the office of Administrator of the Northern Territory will be brought into line in this respect with many other statutory offices including the office of Administrator of Papua and New

Guinea and those of Official Representative of the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island.

Debate (on motion by Dr Patterson) adjourned.

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