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Friday, 15 June 1906
Friday, 15 June 1906

The President took the chair at 10.30 a.m., and read prayers.


Senator GUTHRIE.- I desire to ask the Minister of Defence, without notice, the following questions : -

1. Did the Defence Department recently advertise for an engineer holding a first class corticate from the Board of Trade?

2. Has any appointment been made from the applications received ?

3. If not, whatare the reasons?

Senator PLAYFORD.- The Naval branch of the Department of Defence advertised for an engineer. In their advertisement they stated that he must possess a first class certificate, and they recommended me to appoint a man with only a second class certificate. I returned the papers, with an intimation that the conditions contained in the advertisement and in the regulations would have to be complied with; in other words, that the officer to be appointed would have to hold a first class certificate.

Senator Guthrie.- And no appointment has been made?

Senator PLAYFORD.- Not that I know of. I do not believe that the officers in question had the right to make an appointment. They had only the right to make a recommendation to me, and I have refused to confirm the appointment if one has been made.

Senator GUTHRIE.- Arising out of the reply, I wish to ask the Minister of Defence if the person who was recommended by the Naval branch for appointment is not now in the Government employ ?

Senator PLAYFORD. - Personally, I do not know that such is the case, but I have been informed thatthey took him on whatthey call probation. What I have said is an accurate statement of the case. They asked me to approve of the appointment and I refused.

SenatorGuthrie. - And he is still employed ?

Senator PLAYFORD.- I do not know.

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