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Wednesday, 9 November 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) .- I move-

That the words " and shall hold office subject to good behaviour for five years," lines 5 and 6, be left out.

If my amendment be carried, it will leave the control over the Administrator absolutely in the hands of the Government subject to. parliamentary supervision. They will be able to remove him at once if he does not give satisfaction. If, on the other hand, he is found to be fit for his work, he can be continued in his office as long as the Government choose to allow him to remain there. I remind Ministers that under the Act providing for the administration of Papua it is laid down in section 11 that-

The Lieutenant-Governor shall be appointed by the Governor-General by Commission under the seal of the Commonwealth, and shall hold office during the pleasure of the GovernorGeneral.

The Government have been able to secure the services of an efficient Administrator on those terms. I do not desire to provide facilities for the Government to delay the opportunity which this Parliament should have of determining how the Northern Territory shall be governed. The interregnum between the taking over of the Territory and the adoption of a Constitution for it ought not to be longer than the necessities of the case require. My amendment would not weaken the hands of Parliament, but, on the contrary, would insure that we should have an early opportunity of dealing finally with the subject.

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