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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Minister for Immigration and Minister for Information) . - I move -

That, after clause 49, the following new clause be inserted: - "49a. - (1.) Pending the establishment of the Commission, the Minister may exercise any power conferred on the Commission by this Part. " (2.) Where the Minister, in the exercise of any such power, acquires any property, the. provisions of section forty-twoof this Act shall have effect as if the references therein to the Commission were references to the Minister. " (3.) Upon the establishment of the Commission, any property which has been acquired by the Minister under this Part and is still held by him shall become the absolute property of, or be vested in, the Commission, as the case requires.".

This is a consequential addition to the other amendments that have been made. This is the appropriate time to say that Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Limited handled on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy andRoyal Navy and other allied naval units operating in these waters, all messages to merchant ships during the recent war. More than 5,000,000 messages were dealt with by the company.

New clause agreed to.

Schedules agreed to.

Preamble and Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report - by leave -adopted.

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