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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr PROWSE (Forrest) .- On this clause I disagree with the honorable member for New England (Mr. Thompson) and the Leader of the Country Party (Dr. Earle Page). The right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes) presupposes that the chairman of directors will direct the whole of the undertaking, but my knowledge of business leads me to believe that the general manager will be the responsible officer. The Government should accept the responsibility for the appointment of the general manager and not leave the selection to others, because it is most important that that officer should know the business from A to Z. The chairman of directors will have certain responsibilities, and will be the mouthpiece of the board. He will report to the general manager any suggestions of the board. If the chairman of directors were to control the whole undertaking, innumerable quarrels would arise among the members of the board and the management. The fee of the chairman should not be more than £500 a year, which, with one sitting a week, represents £10 a sitting, or with two sittings a week, £5 a sitting. That is a substantial fee. I agree with the proposal of the Government. The most important task is to dis cover managers to direct affairs in each State. Everything else should run smoothly. If I am satisfied that a proper general manager is to be appointed, I shall not worry very much about the members of the commission except to hope that they will know much more about wireless than I do.

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