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Thursday, 19 May 1960


Mr GALVIN (Kingston) .- I should like to ask the Postmaster-General (Mr. Davidson) whether a member of the

Australian Broadcasting Control Board, or any one else to be appointed to the board, could be at the same time a director of a television station or a radio station. Does the Minister consider that the amount of salary or compensation paid to the member is adequate for the duties he will be required to perform? Is it suggested that he could engage in some other occupation to give him a suitable salary commensurate with his ability? 1 agree with the honorable member for Lang (Mr. Stewart). I cannot refrain from making a comparison with the Commonwealth Public Service in this matter. Would the Postmaster-General be so keen to give an employee in the Postal Department permission to do outside work in the week-end because his salary was not sufficient to provide for his family? I know of an officer who wanted to take a hard manual job digging post holes, but he could not get permission to do so. Others want to work as totalizator clerks. They are senior officers of the Postal Department, but they are prevented by the Public Service regulations from taking this outside employment. Yet in the terms of this bill, a senior member of the Australian Broadcasting Control Board will be allowed to engage in an outside occupation, subject to the approval of the Minister. I think we need further clarification of this matter. What does the Minister consider to be a small honorarium? That expression does not tell us very much. What would be the maximum that the Minister would consider such a person should be able to accept?







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