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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Minister for Supply and Development) . - I have already recommended to the Treasurer (Mr.Fadden) that members of the staff who are qualified to do this work be considered by the chairmen of the various committees when appointments are being made. That matter will be the subject of negotiations between the several chairmen of the committees and the. Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) or officers of his department. . I hope that, wherever possible, chairmen of committees will avail themselves of the services of qualified men who are available in the departments.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I understand that the appointment of secretaries rests with the President and Mr. Speaker, because the expenditure will be incurred by the Parliament.

Senator McLEAY - I do not think that that is the position, but I shall look into the matter. The recommendation of the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) will be brought before the appropriate authorities.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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