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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) - As the Minister for the Interior (Mr Nixon) said in his second reading speech, there is no particular significance in these Bills. The Northern Territory (Administration) Bill proposes the insertion in the Northern Territory (Administration) Act of provisions which will allow any officer of the Commonwealth Public Service who is appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory to retain all the rights accruing to him as an officer of the Public Service. These include the right to sick leave, superannuation rights and so on. This will bring any officer appointed to the position of Administrator of the Northern Territory into line with officers appointed to posts such as that of Administrator of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea and similar positions in the Territories of Cocos Islands and Christmas Island. The Opposition has no argument with this proposal. It believes that a public servant capable of carrying out the duties of Administrator of the Northern Territory should be given every opportunity and encouragement to do so. We do not oppose the Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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