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Wednesday, 26 October 1910

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I wish to point out to the VicePresident of the Executive Council that the word" functions " is a very difficult one to define, both as a matter of fact and as a matter of law. I presume that there is some reason why the honorable gentleman has moved the insertion of the words " or functions." Bearing in mind the dictionary definition of that word, and also what is meant in law by the term functus officio, I think there is just a chance that by inserting the word " functions " we shall be empowering the Commissioner to delegate the power of delegation with which he is to be clothed - a course of action which we expressly desire to avoid.

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