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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) (Assistant Treasurer) . - I entirely agree with the honorable member for New England (Mr. Thompson) regarding the possibilities of wireless broadcasting in Australia during the next few years, and the necessity for the most efficient control of this service in order that the fullest advantages may be derived from it; but I do not agree with the method which he proposes to achieve that result. I understand the object of the amendment to be to provide £1,000 per annum for the chairman of the proposed board, £500 per annum for the deputy chairman, aud £400 per annum for each of the other directors. If we were to establish a fulltime board, consisting of the best brains available - men of experience, knowledge and vision, capable of realizing all the possibilities of broadcasting - it would be impossible to get them for the salaries suggested.

Mr Thompson - I do not suggest that the members of the board should necessarily give the whole of their time to the work; but that the bulk of their time should be given to it.

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) - Even that would mean that every other activity in which they might be engaged would have to take a subsidiary place. We could not get men of the right kind to devote the bulk of their time to the work for the salaries suggested; such remuneration would attract mcn of only second-class or even third-class calibre. If, in the future, wireless broadcasting is to affect the lives of the people to the degree that the honorable member who moved the amendment expects, we shall have to pay, not £1,000 per annum, but £3,000, or, perhaps, even £0,000, to get the right man for chairman. In big business enterprises it is customary to have a capable mau as chief executive officer - a man worth the high salary he is paid - and he works under the general direction of an advisory board or board of directors, who, in collaboration with him, frame the policy of the concern. 1 suggest that something along those lines is bettor in this1 case than what the honorable member for New England has proposed.

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