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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr GREGORY (Swan) . - I am opposed to the amendment. If we are going to appoint this commission to do the job why should we tie its hands? At first I favoured an amendment of the clause to provide that the action of the commission should be subject to the approval of the Governor-General, but after consideration I thought that inadvisable; that it would be wiser to leave the appointment to the commission itself. The responsibility of carrying out this important task will be on the commission, and it would be most improper to subject that body to political -control. Already it is provided that the salaries to be paid to the general manager and certain others are to be approved by the Minister. I should prefer to see the words " GovernorGeneral " substituted for " Minister ". It is well that we should specify exactly what is desired. I reiterate that it would be most unwise, after, appointing the commission to do the job, to tie its hands and allow the Government to step in and make this appointment.

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