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Tuesday, 26 July 1921


Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- In the circumstances indicated by Senator Earle, tire chairman- would be supreme, but if the amendment- is accepted it may lead to a large duplication of the work of the Board. A lengthy discussion at a meeting of two members of the Board would, in the event of a disagreement, require to be repeated at a meeting of the full Board.


Senator Crawford - Which might not occur for months if one member was ill.


Senator PAYNE - There is a great deal in what Senator Earle has said in regard to the inadvisability of allowing the chairman to dominate a meeting attended by only himself and another member. I do not know whether it would not be advisable to provide for only full meetings of the Board. If the clause did not make provision for two members to form a quorum, the Board could meet only when three members were available.







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