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Thursday, 17 November 1938

Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the AttorneyGeneral state whether applications were called to fill the position of chairman of the Industrial Board in the Australian Capital Territory? If not, what was the reason? Was the Government aware when the position was filled that Mr. L. L. Hill, the appointee, had been recalled by the Government of South Australia from the position of Agent-General for that State in London? Can the right honorable gentleman also state what particular qualifications it was considered Mr. Hill had for the position?

Mi-. MENZIES. - Applications were not called for the position. It is not the practice to call for applications for appointment to tribunals of this kind. I was aware that Mr. Hill had been AgentGeneral for South Australia and that his appointment terminated for no reason which had any relation to his personal qualifications or character. The qualifications possessed by Mr. Hill for his present appointment were outstanding in two respects: first, he had a wide knowledge of industrial problems; and, secondly, he has the judicial temperament of approach to their solution.

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