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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr Ward d asked the Minister for Trade, upon notice -

1.   What were the circumstances associatedwith the discontinuance of the services of Mr. Albert Date as a member of the Tariff Board?

2.   Did Mr. Date, prior or subsequent to the termination of his services, make any charges against any other member of the Tariff Board, the Minister or the board generally?

3.   If so, what are the details?

4.   Was any action taken to investigate Mr. Date's charges; if so, what was the outcome of the inquiries?

5.   What courses are available to Mr. Date to have the matters of which he complained further investigated if he is dissatisfied with the result of inquiries already made?

Mr McEwen - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   On 1st October, 1958, in reply to a question by the honorable member for Yarra, I stated that the Government had decided not to re-appoint Mr. A. Date as a member of the Tariff Board after the expiration of his present term of office. The act provides that members are eligible for re-appointment, but the question of re-appointment like that of the original appointment must be, and is, determined by the Government. It is neither usual nor desirable for reasons to be given in relation to individual appointments.

2.   Yes.

3.   On 27th August, 1959, in reply to a question by the honorable member for East Sydney I stated that since Mr. Date was appointed to the Tariff Board early in 1954 he has addressed more than 260 letters and telegrams of complaint and protest to His Excellency the Governor-General, and the right honorable the Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, Ministers, members of Parliament, permanent heads and officers of various departments.

4.   There has been most careful investigation and consideration of Mr. Date's complaints and appropriate action has been taken from time to time.

5.   As indicated above, Mr. Date's complaints were considered very carefully. He was also acquainted with the legal advice which was given in respect of them.

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