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Friday, 22 June 1906


Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . In Committee, yesterday, Senator Millen succeeded in getting inserted in clause 3 an amendment providing that not only the Government Meteorologist, but all such officers as may be required, shall be appointed by the Governor-General. Rightly or wrongly, Parliament adopted! the system of placing all public servants under the Public Service Commissioner. If we leave the appointments to be made under this Bill entirely in the hands of the GovernorGeneral, every officer of the Department, down to a mere recording clerk, will be outside the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commissioner.


Senator Keating - No.


Senator GIVENS - It is expressly provided in the Bill that the officers shall be appointed by the Governor-General.


Senator Keating - All public servants are appointed by the Governor-General, and the provisions of the Public Service Act will apply to the appointments to be made under this Bill.


Senator GIVENS - Under the Bill, the Governor-General can appoint whom he pleases, without reference to the Public Service Commissioner.


Senator Dobson - He does not ; he would not.


Senator GIVENS - It does not matter whether His Excellency does not or would not. The fact remains that the Bill gives him that power.


Senator Walker - The term " GovernorGeneral " always means " the GovernorGeneral in Council."


Senator GIVENS - I contend that in this matter we are going outside the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commissioner. If Parliament thinks it wise to take that step, well and good, but I thought it only right that attention should be called to that phase of the question.







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