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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .- I think it would have been more in accordance with fair play if some men of independent position had been put on the Board instead of three public servants. I believe it would have given much greater satisfaction if outside men had been chosen, because we cannot possibly expect that the Commissioners will be absolutely free from the spirit of the Government of the day. I urge the Minister to meet this view, in order that the public may have more confidence in the Board. Of course, the whole proposition is objectionable. It is bringing a man down very low to compel him to submit his affairs, not only to the Board, but to Parliament itself. That is a very humiliating position, into which I think no fair and honorable man ought to be put.

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