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Thursday, 23 June 1949


Sir EARLE PAGE (Cowper) .- I move -

That, in sub-clause (1.), all the words after " by ", first occurring, be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words: - " three Associate Commissioners, who shall be appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, the Governor of Victoria and the Governor of South Australia, respectively ".

As I emphasized in my second-reading speech, it is essential to obtain the utmost co-operation and collaboration of the States in the development of this project. After long experience, I am satisfied that we shall make more progress with that co-operation and collaboration than without it, and the best place in which to ensure it is in the personnel of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority itself. "We shall need the assistance of the technical men of the States and perhaps their plant and equipment, and the States may have to pass legislation complementary to this legislation. Not only Victoria and New South Wales are concerned in this project; South Australia also is concerned. If the clause is amended as I desire it will read -

8.   - (1.) The Commissioner shall be assisted by three Associate Commissioners, who shall be appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, the Governor of Victoria and thu Governor of South Australia, respectively.

The presence on the authority of three technically qualified representatives of the States would ensure the collaboration and co-operation that are vital if the greatest progress is to be made in the shortest possible time. Such men would be able to place a finger readily on men and equipment of the type that the authority will need from time to time, because they will be fully aware of the resources of men and equipment possessed by the States that they represent. Even if the Government cannot see its way to accepting the amendment immediately, I ask that it give it full consideration before the bill is placed on to the statute-book.







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