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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- With all due respect to the Minister, who desires to press on with the bill I, and those associated with me, are compelled to remind him that we are opposed to the appointment of any commission at all. If we are unable to defeat that proposal, at least we desire that as much control as possible may be left in the hands of the executive officers of the Government of the day. There seems to me to be nothing inconsistent between the amendment of the right honorable member for Cowper (Dr. Earle Page), and clause 5 of the bill, which gives the commission authority to take charge of the general administration ofthe act. If the Government of the day is not to be trusted to appoint the general manager, how better can it be trusted to appoint the commission itself? If it is to be taken for granted that a general manager appointed by the Government must be an unsuitable person, it follows that those appointed by the Government as members of the commission are also likely to be unsuitable persons. The bill at present provides that the commission may appoint a general manager, and such other officers and servants as it thinks necessary, but it then goes on to say that the Minister must approve of the salaries paid. If the Government has to do the paying, it should have the say as to who is to be appointed.

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