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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I move-

That the words " Governor-General " subclause 1, be left out with a view to insert in lieu' thereof the words "Parliament of the. Commonwealth."

The purpose of my amendment is to ensure that the remuneration of members of the commission shall be determined, not by the Governor-General, but by Parliament. We have precedents for this course in the case of the High Commitsioner, the salary for that office being determined by the Parliament.. Parliament in proceeding in its slow but wise way has determined the salaries to be be paid to judges of the High Court, and a measure has been passed in another place in which provision is made for retiring pensions to judges. The allowances of members of this and another place are fixed by Parliament. If the remuneration of the High Commissioner for Australia in London, the judges of the High Court, and of the representatives of the people are fixed by the legislature Parliament should also determine the salary to be paid to the members of this commission.

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