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§ 356. “Any Such Officer Who is Retained.”

The object of this provision is to give to those State officers who are retained by the Commonwealth the same rights which they would have had if they had continued in the service of the State. These rights are of course determined by the laws of the State at the moment of transfer. The words of the Constitution are necessarily general; and it may be that federal legislation—and perhaps State legislation also—will be necessary in order to give full effect to this intention. Questions, for instance, as to past and future contributions to superannuation funds may need further provision. But the general intention of the section is clear; and the rest may safely be left to the sense of justice of the Federal and State Governments.

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