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Appointment of civil servants280.

67. Until the Parliament otherwise provides, the appointment and removal of all other officers of the Executive Government of the Commonwealth shall be vested in the Governor-General in Council, unless the appointment is delegated by the Governor-General in Council or by a law of the Commonwealth to some other authority.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—Clause 7 of chap. II. in the Bill of 1891 was substantially similar. At Adelaide the clause was first framed as follows:—“Until the Parliament


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otherwise provides, the appointment and removal of all other officers of the Government of the Commonwealth shall be vested in the Governor-General in Council.” In Committee, Mr. Wise, with a view to preventing the introduction of the “spoils” system, moved to add—“Provided that no such officer shall be removed except for cause assigned.” This was negatived by 28 votes to 8. (Conv. Deb., Adel., pp. 916–20.)

At Sydney the following words were added as a drafting amendment:—“except officers or persons whose appointments may be delegated by the Governor-General in Council or by a law of the Commonwealth to some other officer or person.” At Melbourne further drafting amendments were made before the first report.

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