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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (VICTORIA) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - There appears to be a little misconception concerning the object of the Government in appointing a Board of three members. At present there is no suggestion to give the Chairman greater power or a higher salary than the other members of the Board, and the powers of delegation will be largely availed of. Each member of the Board will control a special branch of the work and submit his recommendations to the full Board for indorsement. It is not suggested that in the event of an inquiry being necessary in Western Australia, Queensland, or Port Darwin, the three members of the Board shall visit those places, but that one member shall conduct the inquiry, and make his report to the full Board. One of the causes of the failure of the Public Service Commissioners Act was the lack of power and authority vested in the inspectors. Any appeal had to be from Cæsar to Cæsar. No one can defend the principle of carrying an appeal back to the original party responsible. The Government cannot accept the amendment. What is desired in every instance is the full judgment of the Board, and not that of an individual member.

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