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Thursday, 15 May 1924

Sir LITTLETON GROOM (Darling Downs) (Attorney-General) . - I point out to the honorable member that sub-clause 2 provides-

The Minister may at any time, by writing under his hand, modify or vary the plan so published, but no such modification or variation shall be made until after the expiration of thirty days after notice of intention, published in the Gazette, so to modify or vary the plan has been given.

A copy of the instrument by which any modification is made must be laid on the table of the House. A copy of the actual writing by which the Minister makes the modification must be submitted to honorable members. The instrument will show how the Minister intends to modify the plan. He must publish in the Gazette a plan of the lay-out of the city, and that plan is supposed to be accepted as fundamental.

Mr Gregory - Suppose the House should desire to modify or vary the plan ?

Sir LITTLETON GROOM - The plan should be the permanent foundation of the whole scheme. We know from experience that the plan has to be adapted to the contour of the country. Already slight modifications have had to be made. The intention of the clause is to ensure that alterations shall not be made unless Parliament has proper notification of them. The Minister must give notice of his intentions. They must be published in the Gazette; and a copy of the actual instrument must be placed before Parliament. Every possible information must be given to the House. I suggest that the clause as it stands will carry out the intentions of the honorable member.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 5 - (1.) For the purposes of this Act there shall be a Federal Capital Commission, which shall be charged with the general administration of this Act.

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