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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
ELECTIONS WHETHER PARLIAMENT OR EXECUTIVE DETERMINES QUOTA : MEANING OF LATEST STATISTICS OF COMMONWEALTH : EFFECT OF DISTRIBUTION . EXTENT OF STATES' POWER TO EFFECT DISTRIBUTIONS
Isaac A. Isaacs
30 August 1905
CONSTITUTION, ss. 24, 29 : COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL ACT 1902, s. 21

The Minister for Home Affairs asks to be advised on the following questions: Is it for Parliament or for the Executive Council to decide the time and occasion for the determination of the proporti...

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COMMONWEALTH PROPERTY
WHETHER STATES HAVE POWER OF COMPULSORY ACQUISITION
Isaac A. Isaacs
02 September 1905
CONSTITUTION, s. 52

The Defence Department has been served with a copy of a notice in the N.S.W. Government Gazette, notifying that it was proposed to resume, under the N.S.W. Public Roads Act 1902, certain lands therein...

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WRECKS
WHETHER CUSTOMS HAVE POWER TO FORBID PARTICIPATION IN SALVAGE OF FOREIGN VESSELS WITHOUT CONSULAR AUTHORISATION : WHETHER COMMON
Isaac A. Isaacs
04 September 1905
CUSTOMS ACT 1901 : THE WRECK ACT 1887 (W.A.). s. 5 : MERCHANT SHIPPING ACT 1894 (IMP.)

The Consul-General for France has written to the Commonwealth Government calling attention to the Declaration of 23 October 1889 between France and Great Britain for the salvage of shipwrecked vessels...

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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
WHETHER COMMONWEALTH IS PROPER CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION FOR PETITION BY FOREIGN NATIONAL CLAIMING AGAINST STATE GOVERNMENT
Isaac A. Isaacs
05 October 1905
CONSTITUTION, s. 51 (xxix) : CROWN SUITS ACT 1898 (W.A.)

It appears that in January 1903 Messrs Dutilh-Smith Macmillan & Co., an American corporation, pursuant to a contract with the Government of the State of Western Australia, supplied to that Governm...

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NORFOLK ISLAND
HOW COMMONWEALTH MAY ANNEX
R. R. Garran
07 October 1905
CONSTITUTION, ss. 121, 122, 123: AUSTRALIAN WASTE LANDS ACT 1855 (IMP.), s. 5

These papers are referred by the Prime Minister for advice as to the possible modes of annexation of Norfolk Island to the Commonwealth, and their consequences. Norfolk Island was originally p...

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IMMIGRATION
WHETHER COMMONWEALTH HAS POWER TO COMPEL FOREIGN VESSELS FISHING IN AUSTRALIAN WATERS TO REPORT AT SPECIFIED PORT
Isaac A. Isaacs
24 October 1905
CUSTOMS ACT 1901, ss. 58, 185 : IMMIGRATION RESTRICTION ACT 1901

The Prime Minister desires to be advised whether there is power, under the Customs Act or other Commonwealth legislation, to compel the Malay proas engaged in the trepang fishery to report, on arriv...

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FINANCE
WHETHER EXPENDITURE FROM TREASURER'S ADVANCE MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO PROPER HEAD OF ACCOUNT PRIOR TO APPROPRIATION BY PARLIAMENT
Isaac A. Isaacs
25 October 1905
AUDIT ACT 1901, s. 34

In the financial year 1903-4 certain expenditure by the Postmaster-General's Department was charged to Division No. 30, Advance to Treasurer, pursuant to an authority granted by the Treasurer. Divis...

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