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Thursday, 21 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I would like to remind Senator Earle that under the clause there is no compulsion to pay the chairman of the Board £1,400 per annum. That is the maximum amount which it is provided he shall receive together with his salary as an officer of the Trade and Customs Department.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - It is not enough. Does', the Minister consider it a fair thing that the chairman of the Tariff Board' should receive only £1,400, in view of the salary paid to Mr. Stirling Taylor, who receives £1,500 a year?

Senator RUSSELL - I believe' that the Comptroller of Customs, receives a salary of £1,400, but the majority of the chief officials of the' Department receive considerably less than that amount, and should one of them be selected for the position of chairman, of the Board, the £1,400 provided, for would represent a considerable increase of salary in his case-. In view, of all the circumstances, I ask that, no alteration should be made in the clause..

Amendment negatived.

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