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Thursday, 12 August 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I have no objection to the resolution. I realize that its purpose is to give effect to the determination of Parliament to entrust the development of the Federal Capital Territory to the commission, the appointment of which I strenuously opposed. I should like to know, whether, in future, the commission will pay a little more attention to statutes that have been passed by this Parliament. Recently the commission acted in contravention of the Public "Works

Committee Act, by entering into contracts for the erection of 3.00 cottages. I understand that prior to the contracts being entered into the Public Works Committee, through its secretary or chairman, informed the chairman of the Federal Capital Commission that the course proposed was in contravention of the Public Works Committee Act. If that was done why did the' Federal Capital Commission proceed with the work? The Crown Law authorities have since advised that the commission was acting unconstitutionally. I hope that the Minister will be able to give us an assurance that in future the Federal Capital Commission will not be allowed to arrogate to itself powers which properly belong to Parliament, but that it will confine itself strictly within the powers given to it bv Parliament.

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