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Wednesday, 3 June 1942


Mr RYAN (Flinders) .- I agree largely with the remarks of the honorable member for Cook (Mr. Sheehan). If the chairman of the commission is to be a part-time officer, the allowance proposed to be paid to him is disproportionate to that proposed for the other members. On an ordinary company directorate there is practically no difference between the payment to the chairman of directors, unless he he also managing director, and that to other members of the directorate. I see no reason for the substantial difference proposed. If it be intended that the chairman shall devote more than part of his time to the work, that will not be right. My view of the activities of the commission is that it should meet once a month in order to lay down general lines of policy, and that it should not interfere with ordinary administration. Therefore, on both grounds, the proposed allowance is too largo. I should like it to be reduced to the amount proposed by the honorable member for Cook.







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