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Thursday, 28 April 1932

Mr A GREEN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) .- I regret that the Government has thought fit to reduce the scale of remuneration intended originally to be paid to members of the proposed commission. It is said that the duties of the commissioners will be a part-time job. I do not agree with that. The chairman should be prepared to give the whole of his time to the work of the commission. The Government, of which I was a member, when considering this matter, took the view that if effective work was to be done by the commissioners, the salary paid should be adequate. The Government cannot expect effective work to be done by the chairman for a salary of £500 per annum. Apparently, the Minister anticipates being able to secure a man with the necessary qualifications and with sufficient spare time to give his services for this sum. I hold the contrary view. The vicechairman is to be paid £400 per annum - only £100 less than is to be paid to the chairman. The British Broadcasting Corporation, which has already built up its immense organization and is working efficiently, pays its chairman £3,000 per annum. I should like to know what is in the mind of the Minister. Does he really expect to obtain the services of a highlyqualified man as chairman of the commission, one capable of building up this new organization, for a paltry £500 a year ?

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