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Salary of Governor-General.

3. There shall be payable to the Queen out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth, for the salary of the Governor-General57, an annual sum which, until the Parliament otherwise provides, shall be ten thousand pounds.

The salary of a Governor-General shall not be altered during his continuance in office.

UNITED STATES.—The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them.—Const. (Art. II. sec. 1, 7). SWITZERLAND.—The President of the Confederation and the other members of the Federal Council receive an annual salary from the Federal Treasury.—Const. (Art. 99). CANADA.—Unless altered by the Parliament of Canada, the salary of the Governor-General shall be ten thousand pounds sterling money of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Canada, and the same shall form the third charge thereon.—B.N.A. Act, 1867, sec. 105.

HISTORICAL NOTE.—Clause 3, Chap. I., of the Commonwealth Bill of 1891 was as follows:—

“The annual salary of the Governor-General shall be fixed by the Parliament from time to time, but shall not be less than ten thousand pounds, and shall be payable to the Queen out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth. The salary of a Governor-General shall not be diminished during his continuance in office.”




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In Committee, Sir Harry Atkinson moved the omission of the words “but shall not be less than £10,000;” but after discussion he withdrew the amendment. Sir John Bray moved to omit “but shall not be less than,” and insert “and until so fixed shall be.” This was negatived by 24 votes to 12. An amendment by Sir George Grey, to substitute “altered” for “diminished,” was also negatived. (Conv. Deb., Syd. [1891], pp. 578-85.)

At the Adelaide session, 1897, the clause was introduced as follows:—“The annual salary of the Governor-General shall be ten thousand pounds, and shall be payable to the Queen out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth.” In Committee, on the motion of Mr. Higgins, the words “Until the Parliament otherwise provides” were prefixed. An amendment by Mr. Howe, to substitute “seven” for “ten,” was negatived. On Mr. Barton's motion, the second paragraph was added. (Conv. Deb., Melb., pp. 629-33.)

At the Sydney session, suggestions by the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council of South Australia, to reduce the salary to £7,000 and £8,000 respectively, were negatived, as was also an amendment by Mr. Glynn to omit the second paragraph. (Conv. Deb., Syd. [1897], p. 254.) Drafting amendments to the first paragraph brought it into its present shape.

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