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Thursday, 15 July 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - As the members of the commission will have very important duties to perform there is no valid reason why the salary of the chairman, who should be a highly qualified man, should not receive the sanction of Parliament. It is entirely beyond my comprehension why a position of this kind should be remunerated at such a high salary, particularly as the Auditor-General, for instance, who holds a most important post, receives less than £2,000 per annum. Considering the numerous commissions and boards appointed, and also those contemplated, it is time Parliament took decisive action and fixed the salaries while the bills under which they are appointed are under consideration. This heaven-born genius, possessed of the concentrated intelligence of the 'ages, will control a . commission which is to supersede the authority of not only State Governments but railways standing committees and public works and finance committees1 acting under them. As I am not prepared to' leave this matter in the hands of the Government, I intend to support the amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition' (Senator Needham).

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