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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2239

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) -On this particular part I note that in clause 7 there is a reference to the attainment of 65 years, which will preclude the appointment or reappointment of a Commissioner of that age, but in clause 8 there is no such reference. I do not support the general principle that because a person has attained the age of 65 years he should be excluded from appointment, such as we see in clause 7, subclause (2) of which reads:

A person who has attained the age of sixty-five years shall not be appointed or re-appointed as a Commissioner and a person shall not be appointed or re-appointed as a Commissioner for a period that extends beyond the date on which he will attain the age of sixty-five years.

The point I make is that clause 8, with which we are dealing, has no reference to an age limit of 65 years. I ask the Minister why this is so. I am pleased that an associate commissioner shall not be subject to this restriction, but I ask why it should apply to a commissioner.

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