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Wednesday, 16 November 1927
Page: 1442

Question - That the proposed section 35f be agreed to - put. The committee divided.

DIVISION:AYES 18 (13 majority) NOES 5 PAIRS 0

Majority . . . . 13









Question so resolved . in the affirmative. 35H. (1.) The Chief Commissioner shall be entitled to remuneration by way of salary at such rate as is fixed by the Governor-General. (2.) Each Commissioner, other than the Chief Commissioner, shall be entitled to remuneration by way of salary at the rate of five hundred pounds per annum.

Senator NEEDHAM(Western Australia [10.22].- I move-

That all the words after the word "salary," sub-section 1, be left out.

The salary of the Chief Commissioner should be named in the bill, as are the salaries of the two Commissioners. The duties of each of the Commissioners will not be important. If the committee is competent to place a value upon their work it surely is competent to place a value also upon the work of the Chief Commissioner. I have never yet, to my knowledge, supported a clause that proposed the appointment of men to responsible positions, but gave the GovernorGeneral the power to fix their salaries. On the original Commonwealth Bank Bill and the High Commissioner Bill I claim that the salary should be stated. Therefore, my present attitude is not a new one. My opposition would not have been so pronounced if each of the Commissioners had been treated alike. The duties of the commission will be extremely light. It will simply be the medium for the transference of certain sums of money from one authority to another. It will not even have the responsibility of securing repayment. But be the duties light or onerous, we should state the salaries that are to be paid.

Senator McLACHLAN(South Austra this measure we follow the lines adopted in the bill which authorized the appointment of the Governor and the Deputy Governor of the Commonwealth Bank. The salaries of those officers were not stated in that measure. The reason for refraining from mentioning the salary in this instance is that the Government will have to seek out persons who will be qualified to discharge duties of considerable importance. I ask the committee to reject the amendment.

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