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Wednesday, 30 November 1927


Senator GIVENS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What was the total cost of the visit to England of the chairman of the Migration and Development Commission?

2.   Were the salary and expenses of the person who acted as private secretary to the chairman of the commission during that visit paid by the Commonwealth, and, if so, what was the amount?

3.   Who was the person who acted as the private secretary to the chairman during the visit?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Fares to and from London, £219 9s.; travelling expenses, £470 10s. l1d. Total, £689 19s.11d.

2.   No charge was made against the Commonwealth Government for salary, travelling or living expenses of the lady who acted as private secretary to the chairman of the Development and Migration Commission, whilst absent from Australia attending the Imperial Conference, with the exception of the cost of her return railway fare from London to Sheffield, when she visited that centre at the invitation of the British Ministry of Labour, and at the suggestion of Miss Margaret Bondfield, M.P., who obtained information for the commission regarding the Ministry of Labour Domestic Training, Scheme. The cost of her return railway fare was £3 10s.

3.   Miss Gepp.


Senator GIVENS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

What was the total amount paid to the chairman and each of the members of the Migration and Development Commission respectively to the 30th June last for a fees, b expenses?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

Mr.H. W. Gepp, chairman, salary, £4,270 Gs. 6d.; travelling expenses, including attendance at the Imperial Conference, £578 ls. 3d. Mr. C. S. Nathan, vice-chairman, salary, nil; maintenance expenses, Melbourne, £853 19s. 9d. ; travelling expenses outside Melbourne, £29311s.1d. The honorable J. Gunn, commissioner, salary, £1,991 4s.10d. ; travelling expenses, £315 ls. 9d. Mr. E. P. Fleming, commissioner, salary, £1,725 4s. Od. ; travelling expenses, £212 0s. 9d.


Senator GIVENS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   What authority had the Migration and Development Commission for appointing a subcommission to investigate the gold-mining industry in Western Australia?

2.   Was the Minister consulted regarding the appointment of that sub-commission?

3.   What was the total cost entailed by the appointment of that sub-commission, and the investigation undertaken by it?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

1.   The Commonwealth Government authorized the appointment by the Development and Migration Commission of a technical committee to investigate the gold-mining industry in the Kalgoorlie area.

2.   Yes.

3.   Fees and expenses, £3,18611s.Rail fares, £141 3s. od. Total, £3,327 14s. 5d.







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