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Tuesday, 22 June 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - This bill does not affect in any way the existing Commonwealth jurisdiction over State instrumentalities, as declared by a recent judgment of the High Court. What Senator Lynch desires can be accomplished when a bill is brought forward to define the powers of the proposed Federal industrial authorities. That measure can specifically provide that these authorities shall have no jurisdiction over State activities.

Senator Lynch - I wish that to be set out in the Constitution.

Senator PEARCE - That can be done by a separate bill to amend the Constitution. Alternatively, a definite provision to that effect can be inserted in the legislation which will be introduced to create the Federal industrial authorities. In those circumstances, I appeal to the honorable senator not to press his amendment.

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