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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I support the amendment. If the members are to have equal powers, there may be delays in the issue of decisions. I have not examined the New Zealand Act, but I know that in New South Wales the appointment of the Railways Commissioners is based upon the same principle as that contained in the amendment. The Chief Commissioner also receives ahigher salary than his colleagues, and the same applies to the Railways Commissioners in this State. Here, the Chief receives . £5,000 per annum, while the other Commissioners are paid £1,500 each. It would be ridiculous if the lower paid Commissioners could outvote their Chief. However, if the salaries of the proposed Board are to be identical, each of the members should have an eq ual say. The Chairman of the Board, I consider, should be more highly paid than his colleagues. The idea is to secure a. capable and experienced business man. But how many business men, qualified as I have just indicated, are likely to be attracted by the salaries which have been hinted at ? The amendment provides for notification of decisions to, Parliament, and the same holds good in respect of the. New South Wales and Victorian railways authorities.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 11 (Salaries and expenses of members of the Board).

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