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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (AssistantMinister) . - This clause is designed to give the commissioner power to serve notices.

Mr James - I rise to a point of order. I was standing on my feet to move an amendment to clause 3, when you, sir, called on the Assistant Minister to deal with clause 4. It was unfair to pass a clause to which I proposed to move an amendment without giving me a chance to do so.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Bell - Order ! The honorable member must not reflect on the Chair by saying that it has acted unfairly. I put the question clearly " that the clause, as amended, be agreed to," and there was no dissent. The honorable member himself offered no objection until after the Minister had commenced speaking.

Mr FRANCIS - This clause empowers the Commissioner to serve notices. It repeals section 43 of the principal act, which provides that any notice required by this act to be given may be served personally or by post- The phraseology of section 43 is incomplete, and consequently, added powers have been sought to enable technical notices to be served in the event of the decease of an occupant of a war service home. Under proposed new sub-section 2 of section 43, power is given for notices to be served by persons other than the commissioner. I confidently ask the committee to accept this clause.

Clause agreed to.

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