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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Mr STEWART (Wimmera) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - It is my intention to move to have the words " and any member of the Commission remunerated solely by way of salary" omitted from sub-clause 3. The next clause provides -

(1)   The remuneration of the Chairman of the Commission shall not exceed £3,000 per annum, and the remuneration of each of the other members shall not exceed £2,000 per annum.

(2)   The remuneration may be by way of fees or salary, or partly' by fees and partly by salary.

The reason for inserting paragraph 2 in clause 7 was that the Government considered that in the initial stages it would probably be unnecessary to have three full-time Commissioners. Theamendment which I have foreshadowed is to provide that the remuneration of two of the three Commissioners shall be by way of fees as prescribed. It will mean that we shall have one full-time Commissioner on a salary, and two part-time Commissioners who shall be paid prescribed fees.

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