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Thursday, 30 June 1921

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Repatriation) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read n second time.

I anticipate the ready concurrence of the Senate in this motion. Some little time ago the Government removed from his office Lieut. -Colonel Walker, who was acting as War Service Homes Commissioner. Under the War Service Homes Act, it was provided that no one could hold the office of Commissioner who was at the time am uncertificated insolvent. The fact that Lieut. -Colonel Walker caine within that category rendered it obligatory upon the Government to remove him from his office. In view of the fact that his appointment was irregular, it appears necessary, or at all events desirable, that what he did when informally acting as War Service Homes Commissioner should now be validated. Such matters, for instance,' as the transfer of titles are involved. For similar reasons, validation is required of acts performed by the Acting War Service Homes Commissioner. The doubt is raised that there not being a properly appointed War Service Homes Commissioner there could not be a properly appointed acting occupant of the office. The purpose of this Bill is to validate the acts of the two gentlemen referred to in the discharge of the duties of the offices they filled.

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