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Wednesday, 6 July 1921

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- I move-

That, after the definition of "The Board," the following words 'Be inserted : - " The Appeal Board " means the Appeal Board appointed in pursuance of this Act.

Senator- Russell.- Clause 53 deals comprehensively with the creation and duties of the Board of Appeal.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Even so, if there is no definition, how can a measure dealing with the creation of a Board be said to "comprehend" it? The Bill contains nodefinition of the proposed Appeal

Board, but why should there not be a definition, just as there are definitions of "The Minister'' and "The Permanent Head " ? My sole purpose is to make clear, by specific definition, that the Board of Appeal is the Board appointed under this Act.

Senator Russell - There will not be merely one Board of Appeal, sitting continuously to deal with matters arising all over Australia. The taking of evidence from an isolated officer, for example, may be delegated to a Board specially appointed for the purpose.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - How will my proposed definition affect that circumstance ? I am not going into the merits of the Board, or of the question of its powers of delegation. My desire is to give it a proper and necessary definition.

Senator Russell - The drafting officers say that there is no need for it.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is there any necessity, then, for any of the other definitions ?

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