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Wednesday, 20 June 1906

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow : -

1.   No new appointment has been made under the Public Service Act. The position is an honorary one. The officer named has simply, with the concurrence of the Public Service Commissioner, been authorized to perform certain additional duty without any change or any increase of salary, and still retains the office and performs the duties of State Collector for New South Wales. Additional duties, or further powers under Acts are frequently thrown upon officers without change of status or increase of salary, and the general provisions of the Public Service Act do not apply to such cases.' Section 3 states that the Act does not apply to an honorary officer appointed, i.e., one without pay, and section 8 (2) provides that any " re-arrangement or improved method of carrying out any work which is expedient for the more efficient or convenient working of any Department" may be made by the Governor-General in Council.

2.   As this question relates to the Public Service generally, it should be addressed to the Minister of Home Affairs.

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