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Friday, 27 July 1906

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - The only reason for the alteration is to give the Commonwealth the fullest powers in the execution of the public purpose. Of course, provision is made for compensation to be given in every instance in which the Commonwealth, by the exercise of any of these powers, might endamage an individual. The clause abundantly sets forth the powers, and at the same time due regard is had to the interests of the individual by making provision that he shall be properly compensated.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 25 -

1.   Where the Minister or any person autho rized by him enters any land and temporarily occupies it under the powers conferred 'by this Act, the Commonwealth shall pay to the owner or occupier of the land, as the case requires, a rent for the occupation of the land.

2.   The amount of rent to be paid shall be settled by agreement between the Minister and the owner or occupier, or, if they cannot agree, then, on the application of the Minister, by any Court having jurisdiction to entertain an action for compensation under this Act.

3.   Nothing in this section shall take away the right of any person to compensationfordamage sustained by reason of the exercise of any power under thispart of this Act.

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