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Wednesday, 10 August 1921


Senator DUNCAN (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Trade and Customs, upon notice -

In view of the decision of the Full Bench of the High Court, as delivered in Sydney on8th August, to the effect " that the enactment and regulations of the Commonwealth Navigation Act 1912-20, to the extent to which they purported to prescribe rules of conduct to be observed in respect of ships engaged solely in the domestic trade of a State, are beyond the powers of the Commonwealth Parliament," and as such decision appears to limit the application of the Act to some four or five Inter -State shipping companies, will the Government, in the interests of economy; consider the advisability of disbanding the Department created under the Act, and of arranging with the various State Governments for the administration of those sections of the Act not declared ultra vires to be carried out by the already existing State Navigation Departments?







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