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Wednesday, 24 September 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - This question is, to a certain extent, connected with that just asked by the honorable and learned member for South Australia, Mr. Glynn. In reply to it, I desire to say -

1.   I believe it is the constitutional right, and if the navigability of the river was to be interfered with, it is the duty. But it may be that no action can be taken until a law is passed dealing with navigation or the High Court is established.

2.   There is no necessity for inquiry unless it is apparent that the effect in No. 1 question will be produced. But even if works for excessive diversion of water are completed, the Commonwealth can prevent its being taken.

3.   The Commonwealth has nothing to do with the point raised as between States, when it does not interfere with navigation.

4.   No, unless affecting navigation.

5.   I think it is so.

6.   Only as far as navigation is concerned.

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