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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
Page: 3327

Mr PEACOCK (Kooyong) (Minister for External Territories) - I wish to make a very short personal explanation.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -Order! Does the Minister claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr PEACOCK - Yes. On reading the Hansard report of 24th May, I realised that a question asked of me by the honourable member for Leichhardt (Mr Fulton) and an answer supplied by me may well be open to misinterpretation. I therefore wish to clarify one aspect. I said amongst other things:

Both contract officers and permanent officers are covered by legislation that does give them an opportunity to resume careers back in Australia.

It is of course correct that permanent officers are covered by legislation. It is also correct that contract officers seconded from the Commonwealth or the States who have their rights preserved in their home services are also covered by legislation, but other contract officers are not. I wanted to clarify that point.

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