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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2148

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) (Attorney-General) - To recite a set of facts does not lead - without more, anyway - to the conclusion that there has been neglect or lack of concern on the part of a Minister or his Department. Yet that is what Senator Cavanagh is suggesting. I have not the detailed knowledge to enable me to give him a clear answer to each of the points he raised. I know in a general sense that one very real factor in appointing commissioners at present is the lack of an attractive salary for the right people for the job. It must be appreciated that the Commissioners have not had an increase in salary for 4 years. In those circumstances it is very hard to get people to take these jobs. Therefore until the salary position is rectified we must recognise that there may be further delays.

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