Australia's new Governor General, Lord Dunrossil - W.S. Morrison as former Speaker of the House?
Australia's new Governor General, Lord Dunrossil - W.S. Morrison as former Speaker of the House of Commons - was interviewed in London, UK, Nov. 12 on his appointment.
Lord Dunrossil, who is 66, succeeds Field-Marshal, Sir William Slim. He was created a Viscount on his retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons. A farmer's son, he was born in Argyllshire, Scotland.
The Governor-Generalship carries with it a salary of GBP10,000 a year. News of the appointment came only a few hours before the Commons discussed granting Lord Dunrossil a GBP4,000-a-year-pension as former Speaker.
Heated opposition came from the Labour benches, who feel that a Speaker returning to public life after services in the House, should not be granted the pension - especially in view of the fact that the Governor-Generalship commands such a high salary.
The Bill provides that only half the pension will be payable as long as Lord Dunrossil holds office under the Crown at a salary equal to or exceeding its whole amount.
It is obvious that Labour M.P's will not be satisfied unless Dunrossil announces he will draw no pension while he remains Governor-General. Lord Dunrossil hopes to sail for Australia on Dec. 31.