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Thursday, 10 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I move -

That the following new sub-clause be inserted after sub-clause ( 1 ) : - "(1a) In granting leave of absence for recreation, the Chief Officer may, in determining the duration of the leave to be granted in any year to an officer under the last preceding subsection, take into consideration any prolonged period during which that officer was absent from duty in that year."

The proposed new sub-clause, of course, refers to what may be termed unauthorized absence, or to the absence of officers who may be away without permis-. sion.

Senator Sir Thomas Glasgow - Is an officer allowed to be absent from duty without permission?

Senator RUSSELL - Yes, in the case of sickness ; but if he abuses that privilege and remains away longer than is necessary, the time will be deducted from the leave to be granted.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 66-

The Chief Officer may grant leave of absence with pay to any representative of an organization required to attend a conference called by the Arbitrator under the Arbitration (Public Service) Act 1920.

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