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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- I support the amendment'. It is a modest request, and despite what the honorable member for Barton has said, it differs entirely from the amendment submitted by the right honorable member for Cowper this morning. I remind honorable members that sub-clause 2 provides that the fixation of the salaries of the general manager and the next six senior officers shall be subject to the approval of the Minister. Is it not anomalous that honorable members raise no objection to that, but oppose the amendment of the right honorable member for Cowper? No doubt the amount of salary that will be paid depends upon the support that these executive officers are prepared to give to the Government. We know that the amendment forecast by the Minister in sub-clause 2 is on all fours with that with which we are now dealing, and to which the honorable gentleman refuses to give approval. There should be consistency in these matters, and the Minister should accept the amendment.

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