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Wednesday, 22 August 1906

Mr BAMFORD (Herbert) .- Some years ago, the Town Council of Cairns passed a bv-law requiring all buildings erected in a certain block to be of brick, concrete, or stone. That bylaw was gazetted in January, 1905 ; but the Department wishes to ignore it by erecting a wooden structure. I contend that it has no more right than has a private person to treat a municipal by-law in this way. A municipal bv-law having the indorsement of the Governor in Council is to all intents and purposes statutory law, and this Government has no right whatever to override any such by-law. The excuse urged is that there is not sufficient money available for the erection of a building such as would comply with the by-law; but, on the other hand, it is proposed to throw away £200,000 a year upon the establishment of penny postage throughout Australia. The "excuse that money is not available will, no doubt, be constantly heard if we agree to the penny postage system. It is disgraceful for the Government authorities to flout the local council as they propose to do.

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