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Friday, 16 July 1915

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) . - I think we may take the assurance of the Attorney-General in regard to the first schedule. As regards the second schedule, by the terms of the Bill itself the schedule must be promulgated by regulation.

Sir William Irvine - No.

Mr GROOM - I think that any modifications or additions must be made by regulation. The Attorney-General has undertaken that any modifications or additions will be made by regulation, and this House will have power under the Acts Interpretation Act to disallow any regulation of which it does not approve. In that way the House will preserve complete control by Parliament.

Mr Finlayson - That will apply to both schedules.

Mr GROOM - Yes, but the AttorneyGeneral has undertaken not to alter the first schedule. The honorable member for Corangamite has asked me to bring under notice of the Attorney-General a special request he has received by telegram, that when there are several trustees in one estate they should be classified as one body, and make one return, instead of each being required to furnish a return. The same request might apply to partnership properties.

Mr Hughes - I have no objection to that.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 8 agreed to.

Clause 9 -

Every officer executing any power or duty conferred or imposed on any officer under this Act shall, before entering upon his duties or exercising such power, make, before a Justice of the Peace or a Commissioner for Declarations or a Commissioner for Affidavits, a declaration of secrecy in the form prescribed.

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