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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr THORBY (Calare) .- The clause does not introduce any new practice. For years State officers have been carrying out certain duties for the Commonwealth - for instance in the quarantine and taxation departments - and no difficulty has arisen. Such service does not involve a breach of allegiance to the employing State; the officers are loyal to both Commonwealth and State.

Mr James - A State Government may resist the Commonwealth's demand for certain returns.

Mr THORBY - If a State Government chooses to take an illegal course, its officers should not be expected to follow Commonwealth law overrides State law. The bill proposes merely to impose on State officers certain obligations; if this law is valid, State officers will do no wrong in obeying it.

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