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Friday, 29 April 1932

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) .- I do not wish that a vote be taken on this sub-clause, as amended, merely from any motive of pique; but, in its present form, the clause offers a means whereby the intention of the bill may be defeated by the Government should it reduce the salaries of the seven executive officers to such a small amount that we shall be unable to get first-class men. If that is the view of the committee - that the commission should be in complete control of wireless broadcasting in Australia, and with one exception, it is my view - then I submit that the commission should not be debarred from paying to its officers whatever salaries it thinks should be paid to them. Otherwise, we shall definitely restrict the range of possible appointees.

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