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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2246


Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) - I move that the following sub-clause be added to clause 20:

(3)   A commissioner shall not exercise any power by this Act conferred upon him in any matter in which he has direct or indirect pecuniary interest, unless-

(a)   his interest is recorded in the minutes; and

(b)   his interest is disclosed in any report in which he participates.

It is not sufficient, I submit, for the interest to be disclosed to the Minister. It is not sufficient, I submit, for the interest to be disclosed to the Chairman. It will add to the strength of integrity that should surround these decisions if we add to the provisions of the Bill that a member of the Commission shall not exercise any power by this Act conferred upon him in any matter in which he has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest, unless his interest is recorded in the minutes. If that is done there can be no dispute about the occasion of his disclosure or the degree of his interest. It is not sufficient that such a disclosure should simply be in the minutes of the Industries Assistance Commission. The interest must also be disclosed in any report for which the member is partly responsible so that the Parliament can know whether it is dealing with a report of an interested person or a person who is independent. I shall sign that amendment as soon as I resume my seat and write it.







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