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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne Ports) . - The clause will create a conflict of authority, and place upon a State officer responsibilities which he might not regard as consistent with his duty to his employer. Such a test of his loyalty would be unjust-. I can imagine State officers questioning the authority of any other Government to undermine their discipline and allegiance to their employer, and they would be especially resentful if the State Government were opposed to the demand of the Commonwealth. Surely the Commonwealth can have its services performed by its own officers. During the deportation proceedings it did not ask the State police to violate their oath of allegiance. We have no right to give to State officers orders which may run counter to their natural desire to be loyal to the authority that employs them.

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