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    Australia's new Governor General, Lord Dunrossil - W.S. Morrison as former Speaker of the House?

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1NV8ZT11Q0X9KWW01M70N1M9M
    Media URN:
    VLVA1NV8ZT11Q0X9KWW01M70N1M9M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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