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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Senator ASHLEY (New South WalesPostmasterGeneral) . - I move -

That sub-clause (1.) be left out.

That in sub-clause (2.) the words "not exceed " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " be at the rate of " ;

That the following sub-clause be added to the clause: - " (3.) The commissioners shall receive such travelling and other allowances as the Governor-General determines."

Honorable senators will realize that as the report of the Joint Committee on Broadcasting was presented on the 25th March, the Government did not have much time in which to prepare the bill for presentation to Parliament last Wednesday. Since then certain imperfections have been observed.Some of the amendments which I shall propose are mainly for the purpose of improving the construction of certain clauses. The remainder are the result of further discussions which I have had with the chairman of the joint committee, Senator Gibson. Their object is to ensure that certain provisions of the bill effecting alterations of existing conditions will be more in keeping with the relevant recommendations of the joint committee.

The fundamental effect of the proposed amendments to clause 10 is to prescribe the actual remuneration payable to commissioners instead of fixing a maximum as at present. The elimination of subclause 1 is consequential upon the other amendments to the clause.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 11 - (2.) In case of the illness or absence of both the chairman and the vice-chairman, the commissioners present may appoint one of their number to act as chairman :

Provided that the Governor-General may, if he thinks fit, appoint a person to act as chairman for such period as the GovernorGeneral specifies. (3.) If the Governor-General appoints a person to act as chairman, the appointment shall be at such remuneration as is determined by the Governor-General, not exceeding the maximum remuneration fixed, in the case of the chairman, by section 10 of this act.

Amendment (by Senator Ashley) agreed to -

That, in sub-clause (8.), the word "maximum " be left out.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 12 consequentially amended, and, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 13 and 14 agreed to.

Clause 15 -

A commissioner shall be deemed to have vacated his office -

(e)   if he absents himself (except with leave granted by the GovernorGeneral) from all meetings of the commission held during two consecutive months; or

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