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Tuesday, 3 May 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- I brought this matter under the notice of the committee when this clause was previously under consideration, and I am rather disappointed that the amendment does not provide what I feel sure the majority of the committee desire. The amendment in its present form provides that if a commissioner attends one meeting during two consecutive months, he will not be liable to any penalty. If the chairman should attend only one meeting during two consecutive months, he will be entitled to draw at the rate of £83 per sitting, the second commissioner £66, and the third commissioner £50. It ha? been suggested that proper care will be exercised in selecting the commission, but as we cannot look into the future, we do not know whether the persons to be appointed will devote sufficient time to the responsible duties devolving upon them. In any case, they are to be paid fairly high salaries for a part-time job, and the only way to define a part-time task is by laying down some restrictions that will keep them up to the mark. Greater restrictions should be imposed upon them than to compel them to attend only one meeting every two months. I move -

That the amendment be amended by omitting all the words after "himself" with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words " for three consecutive meetings."

As these men are to be engaged for a period of years, we should safeguard the interests of the Government and of the taxpayers by restricting them more than is proposed under the amendment moved by the Minister. I agree that he has done his best to provide that some control shall be exercised over them, but they should not be allowed to draw such high salaries if they attend only one meeting every two months.

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