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Thursday, 19 May 1960


Mr HAMILTON (Canning) .- I also should like a little clarification of the purpose of clause 5, which will omit subsection (4.) of section eight of the principal act. With respect to members of the Aus tralian Broadcasting Control Board, that sub-section provides -

A member, other than a part-time member, shall not engage in any paid employment outside the duties of his office.

The honorable member for Lang (Mr.

Stewart), quite rightly, questions this clause. At first glance, it would appear to make it possible for a full-time member of the board to engage in any paid employment outside the duties of his office as a member of the board. However, I refer the committee to clause 7, which provides for the repeal of section 13 of the principal act and the insertion of a new section 13. Unless I am wrong, proposed new section 13 deals with members of the Broadcasting Control Board. Sub-section (1.) of this proposed new section provides -

If a member -

(a)   .

(d)   not being a part-time member -

(i)   engages in any paid employment outside the duties of his office without the approval of the Minister; . . . the Governor-General shall, by notice published in the " Gazette ", declare that the office of the member is vacant, and thereupon the office shall be deemed to be vacant.

My reading of that proposed provision is that a full-time member of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board shall not, unless he receives the approval of the Minister, engage in paid employment outside the duties of his office as a member of the board. It appears to me that subsection (4.) of section 8 of the principal act is being deleted and then reinstated with slightly different wording in sub-section (1.) of proposed new section 13. Is that correct?







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