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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1088

Senator STEELE HALL (South AustraliaLeader of the Liberal Movement) - I believe that the Minister may have a point in this instance. He will correct me if I am wrong, but as I understand it the Bureau of Roads relies heavily on work done by the various State departments responsible for transport matters. Again, if my memory is correct, the survey which was carried out prior to the 1969 Agreement cost approximately $3m. I understand that the main constituent bodies in this survey were the State departments. If that is so, of course, this type of legislation may only be helping a further cooperative effort in the study of the planning for the development of Australia's roads system. Whilst I am sympathetic with the principle that Senator Durack has outlined, it seems to me that we might be inhibiting good work. We are being constrictive when we ought to leave the matter open so that the previous type of arrangement may be made again. So, I think that I must oppose the amendment.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 13 and 14- by leave- taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 15.

(   1) A Minister referred to in section 4 may, either generally or otherwise as provided by the instrument or delegation, by writing under his hand, delegate to an officer of the Australian Public Service any of his powers under that section.

(2)   A power so delegated may be exercised in accordance with the instrument of delegation.

(3)   A delegate of a Minister, is, in the exercise of his powers under this Act, subject to the directions of the Minister.

(4)   A delegation under this section is revocable at will and does not prevent the exercise of a power by a Minister.

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