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Thursday, 7 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - There is a limitation to the delegated power of a member of the Board. If, in pursuance of any delegation given to him he makes a recommendation, the permanent head or chief officer of a Department may request that the recommendation be referred to the full Board, in which event it is not deemed to be the recommendation of the Board unless it has the indorsement of the Board.

Senator Elliott - The chief officer is not bound to make that request.

Senator RUSSELL - No; but we do not want the full Board to deal with details. A member of the Board who may be asked to furnish a report on a specific question may also be asked to settle other matters on the spot. I take it that under the operation of this clause every big principle will be considered by the full Board, but that in different localities the full powers of the Board may be exercised on the spot by one member of the Board with delegated power to do so.

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