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Friday, 11 May 1928

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) .- It appears to me that the amendment will simply complicate matters. I understand that it is proposed to set up boards in every State. Is it contemplated that each of these shall be able to recommend direct to the Minister that certain regulations shall be gazetted?

Mr Paterson - No proposal for a regulation could be entertained which was not unanimously approved by the various State authorities.

Mr CHARLTON - I am not clear that the bill provides that safeguard. I am not opposed to the prescribed authority recommending regulations, but J want to see a workable provision inserted. It must be apparent to every honorable member, that any regulations which are made must have uniform application throughout the Commonwealth. Is there any machinery in the bill to ensure that that will be the case? The measure will be unconstitutional if regulations are made which do not have a uniform application throughout the Comonwealth.

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) - It is the duty of the Minister to see that only regulations of a uniform character are approved.

Mr CHARLTON - I submit that there should be something in the bill to ensure that this .will be done. If the Minister can remove my doubt as to the authority of the State boards to recommend regulations which may not be uniform in character I shall be satisfied.

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