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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2239

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) -This clause comes in the part which deals with the Constitution of the Commission. Up to date, the Tariff Board has been constituted by 9 or perhaps 1 1 permanent appointments to the Board; that is to say, they are whole time general duty occupants of office. Sir John Crawford recommended that as references are made for different industries we get over that situation by making temporary appointments. I wish the Minister to tell me whether under clause 8, which deals with associate commissioners, temporary appointments will be made. In a field of assessment of industry advantage and of recommendation of financial assistance to industry, with all the weight of influence that this provides, I express some concern at temporary appointees participating in the duties of recommendation. I have no function to pit my opinion against Sir John Crawford, the Government and other people who have considered it, but I ask the Minister whether temporary appointees to the Commission under clause 8 will be those appointees who Sir John Crawford recommended would be additional to the permanent appointees and who would be recruited to the Commission to do part time duty for the specific purpose of an industry reference.

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