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Wednesday, 24 February 1932

Mr GREGORY asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that section 101 of the Commonwealth Constitution enacts that there shall be an interstate commission for the maintenance of the provisions of the Constitution relating to trade and commerce, and that this was a distinct condition upon which the States entered federation?

2.   Is it a fact that by the Interstate Commission Act (No. 33 of 1012), which is still in force, it is enacted, inter alia, that the interstate commission shall consist of three members, that the Governor-General shall appoint three persons to be commissioners, and on the happening of any vacancy in the office the Governor-General shall appoint a person to the vacant office?

3.   Is it a fact that since 1010 there have been no commissioners, and that the commission has ceased to exist?

4.   Is it the intention of his government to perpetuate the contravention of the existing law of the Commonwealth by not appointing commissioners, thereby giving all citizens a highly undesirable lead, and an excuse similarly to disregard all the laws of the land?

5.   Will he take immediate steps to arrange for the appointment by the Governor-General of three interstate commissioners as required by law?

0.   If not, is it his intention to remove the Interstate Commission Act from the statutebook?

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