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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr PRICE (Boothby) .- I shall have to support the amendment moved by the honorable member for New England (Mr. Thompson) in order to achieve what I desire. When I spoke this afternoon I had in mind a chairman who would devote the whole of his time to this work. I still hold that view, notwithstanding the remarks of the Assistant Treasurer (Mr-. Bruce). The honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green), and the honorable member for NewEngland have suggested that the chairman should be paid £1,500 per annum. I consider that in these times £1,000 per annum is a sufficient remuneration for the chairman. Nor do I fear that we should have difficulty in finding a suitable man at that remuneration.

The revenue from broadcasting in Great Britain is about £2,000,000 per annum, while in Australia it is only £403,000 per annum. The British Broadcasting Commission consists of five members. The chairman of the board receives a salary of £3,000 per annum, the vicechairman, £1,000, and the other three members, £700 each. We are a young country and broadcasting has not developed in Australia to the same extent as in Great Britain. It appears to me, therefore, that, proportionately, we should be doing well if we provide a salary of £1,000 per annum for the chairman of this proposed commission. E shall, therefore, support the amendment with the object of indicating to the Government that I think the salary should be £1,000 per annum.

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