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Wednesday, 23 November 1927


Senator SAMPSON (Tasmania) . - I do not think that the Minister quite grasped Senator Payne's meaning. A municipal authority which was actually administering a housing scheme at the passing of this act would be an authority under this clause; but what would be the. position of a municipal authority which, although empowered to administer a. housing scheme, had not actually clone so? I remind the Minister of a decision of the High Court in connexion with companies formed under the Companies Act. The Constitution empowers the Commonwealth to control companies "formed within the Commonwealth." The High Court ruled that the word " formed " referred only to such companies as had actually been formed, and not to those which might be formed later. Senator Payne asked whether only those municipal authorities which at the passing of this act were actually administering housing schemes could be prescribed authorities under this clause, and whether a municipal authority which, although empowered to do so, was not actually administering a scheme at the passing of this act would be debarred from participating in the scheme. The Minister should make the position clear.

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [9.42]. - Senator Payne asked whether a municipal authority which had power to build homes could participate in this scheme even though at the time of the passing of this act it was not actually administering a housing scheme, and I replied that it could. If. it administers a housing scheme during the time that this act is in force it may become an authority.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 (Advances to be subject to this act).







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