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Wednesday, 31 October 1956

Mr BRYANT (Wills) (1:50 AM) . -I want to mention briefly what I consider to be the dangerous provisions of proposed new section 68b of the principal act, which reads - (1.) The Governor-General may, if he is satis- fied that a railway is no longer required, authorize the closing of that railway. (2.) Notice of an authorization under the last preceding sub-section shall be published in the " Gazette " and the Commissioner may close the railway accordingly.

I do not think the bill should contain such a provision, which will permit the closing of a railway and the dismantling and disposal of buildings and equipment without reference to the Parliament. This provision is typical of the present Government's methods of treating government property, and I think it is bad.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third- time.

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