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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [3.48]. - I move-

That the amendment be agreed to.

The object of the amendments made by the House of Representatives is to alter the present requirements of sections 97 and 108 of the Commonwealth Public Service Act as to the laying of Public and Provisional Service Regulations on the table of both Houses of Parliamentwithin seven days of the approval of the regulations by the Governor-General. Instead of seven days, it is proposed that the time shall be fifteen sitting days, which is the period provided for in proposed section 49 of the Acts Interpretation Bill recently before the Senate in relation to regulations to which the section is to apply. These amendments will bring the clause into line with the Acts Interpretation Bill.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - It has not been passed by the House of Representatives.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.Not yet.

Motion agreed to.

Mouse of Representatives' amendment. No. 2.- After proposed new clause 12 add the following new clause : - "13. Section one hundred and eight of the Principal Act is amended by omitting from sub-section (2.) all the words from and including the words 'both Houses of the Parliament' and inserting in their stead the words ' each House of the Parliament within fifteen sitting days of that House after the approval of the regulations by the Governor-General ',".

Motion (by Senator Sir George Pearce) agreed to -

That the amendment be agreed to.

Resolutions reported; report adopted.

Sitting suspended from3.50 to4 p.m.

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