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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I alsounderstood the Minister to say that the Government proposed to pay each of the members of the Board the same salary.

SenatorRussell. - There should be equality of votingpower, but in view of the responsibilities of the Chairman, and of the added functions attaching to that office, he ought to receive a little more than his colleagues.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then is the Chairman to be paid more merely because of the extra dignity of his office, and because to him will be addressed communications having to do with the Board's affairs? Will the extra salary attach for those reasons and not because of any suggested superiority of qualification ?

Senator Russell - The Chairman will be really the manager, or controller, of the Board.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understood that it was to be a case of equal voting power, equal responsibilities, equal rights, and equal pay.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 12 and 13 agreed to.

Clause 14 - (1.) The Board may, by writing under the hand of each member of the Board, delegate to any member of the Board any of the powers of the Board. (3.) If in pursuance of any delegation given to him any member of the Board makes any recommendation with regard to any Department, thepermanent head or a chief officer may require that the recommendation be referred to the full Board, and in that event the recommendation of the member shall, not be deemed to be a recommendation of the Board unless it is indorsed by the full Board.

Amendment (by Senator Russell) proposed -

That the word " require " in sub-clause 3 be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " request."

Senator SENIOR(South Australia) with the proposed powers of delegation. This clause specifically provides that power shall not rest in the chairman, but in each member, to delegate power to either of the other members. What is the intention of the Government ?

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