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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) . - I do not accept that there is any vagueness as regards the appointment of a member of the tribunal, as suggested by the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen). The tribunal is an entity that can sit in divisions. The divisions will be itinerant but the tribunal itself is a corpus. The divisions are capable of moving. The intention is that they will sit at the place most convenient for the hearing of the matter. The convenience which will be considered will be the convenience of all the parties.

Mr Killen - The Australian Broadcasting Control Board hears in Melbourne a matter relating to television licences for Queensland.

Mr SNEDDEN - I am answering the honorable member's query. The divisions of the tribunal will be itinerant and will sit to suit the convenience of all the parties. I can take the matter no further than that. As to the point raised by the honorable member for McMillan (Mr. Buchanan) about salaries, two salaries will not be paid. Honorable members will notice that I propose to move an amendment to delete the word "salary" and substitute the word " remuneration ". The amount of remuneration will be that fixed by the GovernorGeneral.

Mr Buchanan - Can a judge receive remuneration as well as salary?

Mr SNEDDEN - Under this legislation he can, but the amount will be fixed by the Governor-General. It has to be an ambulatory provision to cover both a judicial member who is a presidential member and the other members.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 10. (2.) A person shall not be appointed as a member other than a presidential member unless he appears to the Governor-General to be qualified for appointment by virtue of his knowledge of, or experience in, industry, commerce or public administration.

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