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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Dr PATTERSON (Dawson) (2:50 AM) - I move:

In sub-clause (1.) omit 'Commission', insert Minister'.

There are two reasons why I have moved this amendment. The first reason is quite obvious. Surely the deputy of the Commonwealth member on the Commission will be appointed by the Minister. As one who has been in the civil service this seems to me to be fundamental. Secondly, I believe that it is good policy for the Minister to have control over the appointment of a deputy; otherwise a member appointed by the Minister could, subject to the approval of the Commission, appoint anyone as his deputy. I am not saying that a member would appoint anybody who is irresponsible, but the point is that in order to tighten up the Bill the Minister should he given control over the members and deputies. If the Commonwealth representative is a member of the Commonwealth

Public Service the only person who could possibly appoint a deputy would be the Minister.

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