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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3397

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - I move:

In proposed section 31(1)(b), omit '3', substitute 'not fewer than 3 nor more than 5 '.

This amendment is designed to allow the Commission to consist of no less than nine and no more than eleven. The original decision of the Government was that we would maintain the Commission at the same strength. But we are desirous, and indeed this is in the legislation, that each State will be represented by at least one Commissioner and that there will be 2 women on the Commission. When we considered the situation it was quite clear, bearing in mind the size of the representation from the State of New South Wales particularly, that it would not be possible to achieve this representation and to allow all the present commissioners to continue in office until at least the expiration of their appointed term. This amendment will allow the appointment of a representative from Tasmania, a representative from South Australia, which are not represented on the Commission at the present time, plus another woman, without in any way interfering with the term of office of the current commissioners.

Amendment agreed to.

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