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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr E J HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The arguments which we have just heard regarding the application of business principles convinces me that it is high time that persons with business training took charge of the biggest business in this country, namely, the National Parliament. As a matter of fact, it would outrage all business principles to appoint a general manager and then appoint a board of directors to conflict with him. I support this clause because I feel that if the Government attempts to appoint a general manager and set him up in opposition to the commission, it will be asking for trouble. The honorable member for Capricornia (Mr. Forde) got tied up in the same way when he stated that the board of an insurance company left the whole of the business management of the concern to the general manager. I agree with him in that, but, at the same time, it is the directorate who appoint the general manager, and they exercise a full measure of control over him. There is no higher authority than the board of directors in the ordinary management of the business, and the board has full authority over the engagement and dismissal of staff.

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