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Friday, 14 October 1904

Mr GLYNN (ANGAS, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister of Home Affairs, upon notice -

Referring to his answer to the question of the honorable member for Barker, on 8th September, on the matter of the annual increases to civil servants under State Acts, and generally to the matter of existing and accruing rights under section 84 of the Commonwealth Constitution -

(1)   Are the law officers, including the AttorneyGeneral, of opinion that none of the following payments or rights under State Acts in force when the Department of the State became subject to the Executive control 'of the Commonwealth, are existing or accruing rights within the meaning of the Constitution : -

(a)   Annual salaries.

(b)   Prescribed annual increases of such salaries.

(c)   Commission on work done by an officer as part of the duties, or by reason, of his office.

(2)   Are the law officers of opinion that rights under such State Acts may be taken away by a Federal Act? If Yes-

(3)   What, in the opinion of the law officers, are existing or accruing rights within the meaning of Section 84 of the Constitution?

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