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Wednesday, 25 July 1906

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) . - According to the original Act the notification of the acquisition of land has to be published not only in the Gazette, but in a newspaper circulating in that part of the Commonwealth where the land is situated. Clause 16, however, merely provides that the notification shall be published in the Gazette, and I should like to know why the alteration has been made.

Senator Keating - There is no advantage in publishing the notification in a newspaper.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 17, 18, and 19 agreed to.

Clause 20 -

Except in the following cases : -

(a)   where moneys have been appropriated out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund for or towards the purpose for which the land was acquired ; or

(b)   where the Governor-General has sanctioned the construction or carrying out of the work or undertaking in respect of which the land was acquired, and public funds are legally available for the purpose ; or

(c)   where the Minister certifies under his hand that the estimated value of the land does not exceed One hundred pounds, either House of the Parliament may, within thirty days after a copy of the notification has been laid before it, pass a resolution that the notification shall be void and of no effect, and thereupon the notification shall be void and of no effect, and the land shall be deemed not to have been vested in the Commonwealth.

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