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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr RYAN (Flinders) .- One of the reasons advanced for maintaining the remuneration of the chairman of the commission is that it is in recognition of the services already rendered by him. I take this opportunity to say that my earlier remarks were not dictated by personal considerations; but the personal issue having been raised, I associate myself with those honorable members who have said that the Australian Broadcasting Commission, particularly its chairman, has rendered outstanding service during its term of office.

It was not for that reason that I proposed that there should be an alteration of the provisions of this bill. My reason rests on a different basis. The proposed remuneration will become permanent, irrespective of persons.- My reason for objecting to the clause is, that it proposes a discrepancy which I do not think is justified, between the remuneration of the chairman and that of the other members of the commission. That discrepancy might very well be obviated by raising the remuneration of the other members in order to make it more proportionate to that proposed for the chairman.

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