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Wednesday, 10 June 1970

Mr STEWART (Lang) - I move:

Omit the clause, insert the following clause: 10.- (1.) Subject to this Act, the Director and each Assistant Director shall be paid salary at such respective rates, and annual allowances tit any) at such respective rates, as the Parliament provides, but until the first day of January, One thousand nine hundred and seventy-one, those salaries and allowances shall be as are prescribed. (2.) The Director and each Assistant Director shall be paid such other allowances as are prescribed.'.

Earlier this afternoon the Leader of the House (Mr Snedden) indicated that the Government accepted a similar amendment to 3 other Bills. The argument was then advanced as to why this amendment should be accepted. The previous amendments were accepted by the Government and I understand that this amendment will be also accepted. There docs not seem to be any good reason why I should continue talking on this amendment when argument has been advanced in relation to it earlier this afternoon. I commend the Government for indicating that it intends to accept this amendment. 1 feel that the principle involved is a good one in certain instances. The provision relates to the statutory body of a commercial undertaking. I think the Parliament should have the authority to fix the salaries and allowances which are paid to the Director and other senior officers of the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation.

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