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Tuesday, 26 July 1921

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Senator Buzacott (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - This has nothing to do with the question of the remuneration of the Board, which is now under consideration.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - With all respect, sir, I beg to differ from you. I am asked to say whether the members of the' Board shall receive £5 5s. a sitting or £1,250 per annum.

Senator Russell - Sub-clause 2 of clause 15 provides that the Minister may refer to the Board for their inquiry and report certain matters, including " any other matter in any way affecting the encouragement of primary or secondary industries in relation to the Tariff."

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, the Minister may do that.

Senator Russell - Clause 15 provides that the Minister "shall" refer certain matters, and that he "may" refer other matters, including " any other matter " under sub-clause 2.

Senator Vardon - The Beard may deal with anything referred to it by a private citizen or anybody else.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But is the Board compelled to deal with any such matter?

Senator Vardon - It may, if it choose.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then it is optional with the Board, whereas in the case of the New South Wales Board any person may demand an inquiry.

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