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Wednesday, 1 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) . - Clause 23 has specifically not included a rigid description of the qualifications which will be needed by the Commissioner of Trade Practices. The reason is that the person to be appointed to this office will need to have the utmost probity, the utmost capacity and the utmost devotion to the statutory duty he has to perform. For these reasons, and as there can be but one person occupying the office, the Government concluded that it would be undesirable to try to detail in the statute a set of qualifications which might very well have the result of depriving the Government of the opportunity to appoint a particular man who, upon an analysis of the situation, was considered the best person for the job.

Mr Whitlam - Does he have to be an Australian citizen? I ask that, because the suggestion has been made than an officer of the United States Federal Trade Commission might be appointed.

Mr SNEDDEN - There is a provision in the Public Service Act which requires that he be an Australian citizen or that at least he take an oath of allegiance. No consideration has been given to the prospect of any particular person being appointed, and certainly no consideration has been given to appointing an officer of the United States Federal Trade Commission.

Clauses agreed to.

Clause 25. (3.) The Commissioner shall give written notice to the Attorney-General of all direct and indirect pecuniary interests that he has or acquires in any business carried on in Australia, or in any corporation carrying on any such business.

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