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Friday, 29 April 1932


Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (PostmasterGeneral) . - I cannot accept the amendment of the right honorable member forCowper (Dr. Earle Page). His proposal is revolutionary, because the intention of the amendment is that the Governor-General shall appoint a general manager for a term not exceeding five years. I agree with the contention of the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory). If we are to repose confidence and responsibility in the commission surely we should allow it to select the staff which is to conduct broadcasting operations. If that responsibility is taken out of the hands of the commission, and conflict arises between that body and the general manager, it will say that it is not responsible for the appointment. The British legislation provides that the chief executive officer shall be called the DirectorGeneral, and that the first DirectorGeneral shall be John CharlesWalsall Reith.







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