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Friday, 25 June 1915

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Through the courtesy of the Minister, as soon as this Bill arrived here I had an opportunity of looking at the agreement which was proposed as between the Commonwealth and the States, and my attention was at first arrested by paragraph 2.

Senator Turley - Has it been published?

Senator KEATING - Not so far as I know. It went as an enclosure with a letter from the Commonwealth Government to each of the State Governments. The letter informed the State Governments that the Commonwealth Government, under the Lighthouses Act of 1911, desired to take over the lighthouses from the several States, and it inclosed an agreement which it was proposed that the Governor-General, on behalf of the Commonwealth, and the Governor, on behalf of the State, should sign. It provided for the transfer of the lighthouses, and in paragraph 2provision was made in regard to compensation.

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