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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2240

Senator WRIEDT (Tasmania) (Minister for Primary Industry) - The answer to Senator Wright's question is, yes. An associate commissioner could be appointed for a 5 -year period. He could be appointed temporarily. This would, I suppose, depend on his ability and would be within the discretion of those responsible for appointing him. In answer to Senator Webster's question, it is true that under clause 7 there is an age limit of 65 years. Of course, this concerns a permanent appointment. In the case of an associate commissioner it may not be a permanent appointment. In fact a person who has some particular expertise could be brought in for the purpose of assisting in a particular inquiry, and may be over 65 years of age. By putting an age limit there, one would preclude the services of an older person. The Act provides that such a person could in fact be appointed as an associate commissioner over the age of 65. I am sure the Committee will appreciate that there is a difference between a permanent appointee reaching 65 years of age and someone who is appointed for a temporary purpose reaching that age.

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