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Wednesday, 12 April 1972
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Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Health) (12.25 a.m.) - in reply - I wish to respond briefly to a point made by Senator Mulvihill about a provision of the Public Service Act - I think it is section 34 - which states, amongst other things, that a person is not eligible for appointment to the Commonwealth Public Service unless he is a British subject. It is true, of course, that section 82 of the Public Service Act, which provides for the employment of persons in a temporary capacity, does not contain any provision in relation to being a British subject. It is equally true that people employed in the Australian Public Service overseas who are not nationals of Australia but who are nationals of the country in which they are employed - that is, they are locally engaged - are employed as temporary employees. Senator Mulvihill has, of course, raised a question of Government policy and has expressed a point of view on it. To some extent this matter was canvassed in a debate in the Senate earlier tonight - or yesterday, as it is now early in the morning. All I can say is that I will accept what he has said as an expression of his point of view in relation to the current Government policy and that I will have it referred in the normal way.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Senate adjourned at 12.27 a.m. (Thursday)

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