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Tuesday, 29 July 1902

Mr ISAACS (INDI, VICTORIA) - In asking the question which stands upon the notice-paper in my name, I should like to say that I placed it there, anticipating that theImperial authorities had mode the necessary provision, but with the strong feeling that we should know exactly by what authority we are governed, and that there should be full publicationof all the necessary instructions in connexion with so important a matter as the swearing in of the Acting GovernorGeneral. I wish to know from the Acting Prime Minister -

Having regard to the provision in the letters patent constituting the office of Governor-General, to the effect that the powers and authorities of the Governor-General shall not vest in any other person until such person shall have taken the oaths of office in manner provided by the instructions, namely, before the Chief Justice or some other Judge of the High Court of Australia, what provision (if any) has been made by the Imperial Government to enable His Excellency the Acting Governor-General to take such oaths before any other person ?

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