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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) (1:15 AM) . - The amendment does not go far enough. It should be possible to review the position in less than five years. Honorable members in another place are appointed for a period of three years only, and representatives in this Chamber for six years. Why should the term of the chairman of the commission be seven years? It must be remembered that the commissioners will not be subjected to examination before appointment." Although their duties will be important, they are not so important as those of members of this Parliament. The chairman of the Federal Capital Commission has a shorter term of office than seven years. Even the Governor-General is appointed for only five years." Honorable senators know that it is very difficult to remove mcn from positions to which they have been appointed. Because the Government has given no sufficient reason for the long terms provided in the clause, I support the amendment.

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