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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr DAVIDSON (Dawson) (PostmasterGeneral) . - I should like to make just one comment, Mr. Chairman, lt has been said that no reference was made to clause 5 before. That is quite true. The reason was that it seems to me to be a minor amendment of the principal act in order, more or less, to regularize an existing situation. We have been told that ordinary public servants are not able to take paid employment outside the duties of their office, and that is so. The proposal of which clause 5 represents part is designed to protect a member of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board against certain things. A member of the board may from time to time be called on to do small jobs - for example, for a club - quite outside the time that is normally occupied in the discharge of his duties as a member of the board, and for such jobs he may receive some small honorarium or payment. As the principal act stands, if a member accepted remuneration for such a job, theoretically, he would cause his office to become vacant. The intention is to protect a member of the board against that, and this is the only sort of paid employment for which the Minister's approval would be given. Approval would not be given for any large-scale job that would in any way affect the discharge of the duties of a member of the board.

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