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Wednesday, 28 July 1920

Mr HIGGS (Capricornia) .- The amendment might possibly hamper the Government in their choice of a man. They will have to negotiate for somebody, and we hope they will engage the best man available. They might be able by negotiation to get a good man for £4,000 or £5,000 per annum, but that man might not accept the position if he knew that the arrangement made bv the Government was only tentative, and must run the gauntlet of parliamentary approval. If such a man were in the employ of a big company he might prefer to keep his present position rather than run the risk of the contract with the Government being rejected by Parliament. The desire for control by Parliament will be met by the item being placed on the Estimates each year as is the salary of the Governor of the Commonwealth Bank. If Parl'ament so. desires the salary can be struck out or reduced.

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