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Friday, 29 April 1932

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (Assistant Minister) . - The intention of the Government, when framing this clause, was to protect the revenue by preventing the payment by the commission of the excessive salaries referred to by the honorable member for Kennedy (Mr. Riordan). Probably there will be in each of the States some person acting on behalf of the commission. If the salaries of the general manager and of those who conduct the operations of the commission in the six States have to be approved by the Governor-General, the funds of the commission will be protected, and no excessive payments can be made. This is a proposal to ensure that the standard set at the commencement of the commission's operations shall be by no means extravagant. The honorable member for Kennedy argued that some limitation should be placed on the amount that may be paid by way of salary, so that it may not be excessive. The amendment imposes that limitation, and I appeal to the committee to agree to it.

Amendment agreed to.

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