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Thursday, 6 December 1973
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Senator Greenwood asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice:

(1)   Since the establishment of the Commonwealth how many proposed laws, passed by both Houses of the Parliament, have been reserved for the Sovereign's pleasure.

(2)   What were the Tides of such Bills.

(3)   Did the Sovereign assent to such Bills on the advice of her Australian Ministers or on the advice of other, and if so, what Ministers.

(4)   Did any such Bills reserved for the Sovereign's pleasure fail to receive assent


Senator Murphy - The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I am informed that the information sought by the honourable senator is:

(1)   15.

(2)   Customs Tariff(British Preference) Bill 1906.

Navigation Bill 1912 (No. 4, 1913).

Judiciary Bill 1914(No. 11, 1914).

Navigation Bill 1919(No.32, 1919).

Navigation Bill 1920 (No. 1, 1921).

Navigation Bill 1925 (No. 8, 1925).

Navigation Bill 1 926 (No. 8, 1 926).

Navigation (Maritime Conventions) Bill 1934 (No. 49, 1934).

Navigation Bill 1935 (No. 30, 1935).

Judiciary Bill 1939(No.43, 1939).

Navigation Kil 1942 (No. 1,1943). " Royal Style and Titles Bill'1953 (No. j2 1953).

Hags Bill 1953 (No. 1,1954). . Privy Council (Limitation of Appeals) Bill 1968 (No. 36,1968).

Royal.Style and Titles Bill 1973 (No. .1 14, 1973).:

(3)   The practice from 1953 is that Bills reserved for Her Majesty's pleasure, are assented to by the Queen solely on the advice of Her Australian Ministers.

Prior to the enacting ofthe Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 all Bills reserved for the King's pleasure were sent toEngland. Records are available in respect of the Navigation (Maritime Conventions) Bill 1934 and the Navigation Bill 1942 which show that the Attorney-General requested the Governor-General to transmit the Bill to the Right Honourable the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs with a statement that it was the view of the Australian Government that His Majesty should be advised to give his' assent to the Bill.

Available records show that in regard to the 1912, 1934 and 1942 Bills, the King assented to such Bills on the advice of. His Majesty's Privy Council, British Ministers being present. Records are not readily available of the practice with respect to the other Bills reserved prior to 1942, but proclamations appearing in the Gazette notifying His Majesty's assent, indicate that it is likely that the same practice was followed as with the 1912, 1934 and 1942 Bills.

(4)   Yes, the only proposed law reserved for the King's pleasure which failed to receive his assent was the Customs Tariff (British Preference) Bill 1906.







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