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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr LYONS (WILMOT, TASMANIA) (Prime Minister) - Mr. George L. Creasey has tendered his resignation as a member of the commission on the ground of illhealth. The vacancy will be filled as early as possible - I hope before Parliament adjourns for the Christmas recess. lt has never been the practice of the Commonwealth. Government to consult with State governments in regard to such appointments. ' The Government has made them as it has seen fit from time to time, selecting the most suitable men available. That will be done in this case. The personnel of the commission has not been discussed by Cabinet since the resignation of Mr. Creasey and no decision has been reached in regard to the matter. If the honorable member had asked me whether Sir George Pearce will be appointed to the commission, it would have been a hard question. All I can say is that so far Cabinet has not discussed the subject. If Sir George Pearce is available for appointment his name will be considered with others that will come to the minds of the members of the Governnent.

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