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Thursday, 8 July 1926


The PRESIDENT (Senator Newlands (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Although Senator Findley is inclined to digress slightly, I am not at present disposed to call him to order; but I ask him to confine his remarks to the point of order that has been raised.


Senator Findley - I was endeavouring to show that the amendment which has been moved by Senator Needham is in order, because the Federal Capital Commission has entered upon certain works.


Senator GREENE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The only way in which the honorable senator can prove that the amendment is in order is to show that it is relevant to the bill.


Senator Findley - The provisions are so intermixed that it is hardly possible to dissociate the bill from the principal act.


Senator Sir William Glasgow - The reference in the bill to the Public Works Committee is identical with that in tne principal act.


Senator Findley - I hope that you, sir, will rule the amendment in order. A great deal of good will result from a full and free discussion.


Senator Needham - Before you give your ruling, sir, I urge that the amendment is quite relevant to the subjectmatter of the bill, because, under the provisions of the bill, the powers of the commission are proposed to be extended. I direct attention to section 14 ofthe principal act, which provides that the powersof the commission shall include the following: -

(a)   The control and management of Crown lands ;

(b)   the levying and collection of rates upon land in the Territory alienated from the Crown, and upon land held under lease from the Crown;

(c)   the construction, maintenance, and operation of tramways;

(d)   the construction, maintenance, and control of roads, bridges, culverts, levees, sewers, drains, and watercourses;

(e)   the provision of gas, electricity, water, and sewerage;

(f)   the provision and maintenance of markets, weighbridges, pounds, and abattoirs;

(g)   forestry and afforestation, and the pre servation of fauna and flora;

(h)   the destruction of vermin and noxious weeds ;

(i)   the protection of public health and the maintenance of sanitation.







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