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Wednesday, 2 November 1910


Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - The objection has already been urged to the clause that a land-owner cannot approach the Board appointed to investigate his case until he has satisfied the Commissioner that it is one of hardship. If he is to receive fair play at the hands of the Board, I think that Senator St. Ledger's suggestion should be adopted. Certainly its adoption would have the effect of making the Board more or less independent of the Commissioner. We all know that the chairman of any body wields great influence. If the Commissioner be a.i officer who is noted for his fairness, the other members of the Board will doubtless be willing to elect him as their chairman. But I do not think it is desirable to compel a land-owner to approach the Commissioner in the first place, and subsequently to force him to come before a Board of which the Commissioner is chairman.







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