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Wednesday, 14 September 1904

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I do not think that the salaries set down for the Lieutenant-Governor and the chief judicial officer of the Territory are sufficiently large. The administrative duties which will fall to both these officers will be of a difficult character, and as the climate is very unhealthy, I do not think that we can expect men of high qualifications to accept the positions unless Ave are prepared to pay them substantial salaries.

Mr Crouch - Did not an Acting District Court Judge in New South Wales accept an appointment as Administrator of New Guinea ?

Mr CONROY - Yes, but Acting Judge Murray happened to be a man of an adventurous spirit, and I do not think that our selection should be limited in connexion with appointments of this kind. The salaries provided for in the clause are very small when Ave compare them Avith those which are earned by professional men, by bank managers, and others holding similar responsible positions. Under the circumstances, I ask the Committee to consider whether we are paying a salary which is commensurate Avith the dignity of the office. I submit that Ave are not. In our craze for economy Ave are practising a false economy. Of course, if Ave intend to provide for the payment of a pension in case of retirement as the result of illness, that fact might reasonably be taken into' consideration in fixing the salaries of these offices ; but in the absence of such a provision, I should like to see the amount raised to not less than , £2,000 per annum for the Lieutenant-Governor and £1,500 for the Chief judicial Officer.

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