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Thursday, 15 July 1926


Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The powers of the commission are detailed in the clause, but, as it may be called upon to report or advise upon something not covered by the clause, the words " such other powers and functions as are prescribed " are employed in order to overcome the formality of having to bring in an amending bill. Those additional powers will be prescribed by a regulation, which must be laid on the table of Parliament. If an honorable senator objects to the regulation, he can. move to disallow or amend it, and, as his motion must take precedence of all Government or other business, it cannot be side-tracked. If the Senate is of opinion that the regulation should not be allowed, or should be amended, it will agree to the honorable senator's motion.


Senator Findley - But if Parliament is not sitting at the time, the commission can- go on with the work.


Senator PEARCE -- Tes ; but it must be remembered that the commission has no executive power. It can only report and make recommendations to the Government; it cannot sanction any expenditure, Therefore, there can be no harm done, even during the few months when Parliament is not sitting, if it is authorized by regulation to do something not covered by this clause. Clause agreed to.

Clause 14 (Restriction on approval of migration proposals).







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