The Comptroller-General, Department of Trade and Customs, has forwarded the following memorandum for advice:
Opinion Number. 1397
Shipping fishing trawlers which supply fish alternately to melbourne and sydney: whether engaged in trade and commerce among the States: whether subject to provisions of Navigation Act
Constitution ss 51(i), 98: Navigation Act 1912
Opinion Number. 1398
Bounties whether queensland government may grant bounty additional to Commonwealth bounty on production of seed cotton in queensland: requirement for consent of both houses of Commonwealth Parliament
Constitution ss 90, 91
The Comptroller-General has asked for advice upon the following question which is set out in a telegram received by him from Mr. Bernard Corser, a member of the Queensland State Parliament:
Does Federal Constitution debar Queensland Government granting bonus on seed cotton produced in Queensland additional to Commonwealth bounty?
The bonus referred to by Mr. Corser would, in my opinion, be a bounty on the production of goods within the meaning of sections 90 and 91 of the Constitution.
Opinion Number. 1399
WHARFAGE LIABILITY OF COMMONWEALTH TO PAY WHARFAGE RATES ON ITS GOODS IMPORTED INTO PORT OF MELBOURNE: EXEMPTION OF CROWN BY STATE ACT: MEANING OF ‘CROWN’ IN STATE ACT: WHETHER ‘CROWN’ INCLUDES CROWN IN RIGHT OF COMMONWEALTH: WHETHER CHARGES ARE CHARGES FOR SERVICES RENDERED OR TAX
MELBOURNE HARBOR TRUST ACT 1915 s 110: CONSTITUTION s 114
The Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department, has forwarded me the following letter for advice as to the interpretation of section 110 of the Melbourne Harbor Trust Act 1915:
I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter of 15th instant relative to Customs Duty on Secondhand Dredging Plant and to convey the thanks of the Commissioners for your personal attention to this matter.
Opinion Number. 1400
DISCRIMINATION OR PREFERENCE EXPORT OF DAIRY PRODUCE: EXPORT LICENCE: CONDITION THAT LICENSEE WITHHOLD FROM SHIPMENT PROPORTION OF DAIRY PRODUCE DETERMINED BY DAIRY PRODUCE CONTROL BOARD: PROPOSAL TO NOTIFY LICENSEES IN ONE STATE ONLY TO WITHHOLD SHIPMENT OF DAIRY PRODUCE: WHETHER PREFERENCE TO ONE STATE OR PART THEREOF OVER ANOTHER STATE OR PART THEREOF
AIRY PRODUCE EXPORT CONTROL (LICENCES) REGULATIONS Schedule form A:<span class="char-style-override-9"> </span>DAIRY PRODUCE EXPORT CONTROL ACT 1924 s 114: CONSTITUTION s 99
The Secretary, Department of Markets and Migration, has forwarded the following memorandum for advice:
I desire to invite attention to condition (5) of form A in the Schedule to the Dairy Produce Export Control (Licences) Regulations, Statutory Rules 1925, No. 124 which provides as follows:
That the licensee shall, after fourteen days’ notice from the Board, withhold from the shipments such proportion of Dairy Produce as the Board determines.
Opinion Number. 1401
PARLIAMENT HOUSE parliament house: ALLOCATION OF ROOMS: Differences of opinion BETWEEN Cabinet Sub-Committee and President of Senate and Speaker of House of Representatives: control OF allocation of accommodation: POWERS OF SPEAKER AND PRESIDENT: POWER OF Government to intervene and decide manner in which particular space is to be allocated
PUBLIC SERVICE ACT 1922
The Secretary, Home and Territories Department, has forwarded to me the following memorandum asking for advice:
Opinion Number. 1402
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ARMS WHETHER EXPORT OF ARMS, AMMUNITION OR EXPLOSIVES TO NEW ZEALAND WOULD BE REGARDED AS ‘INTERNATIONAL’ TRADE FOR PURPOSES OF GENEVA CONVENTION: WHETHER COMMONWEALTH BOUND TO REPORT SUCH TRANSACTIONS
CONVENTION FOR THE SUPERVISION OF THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ARMS AND MUNITIONS AND IN IMPLEMENTS OF WAR Preamble, art 6
The Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department, has forwarded the following memorandum for advice:
With reference to the Convention for the Supervision of the International Trade in Arms and Munitions and in Implements of War, signed at Geneva, June 17th 1925, I desire to bring to your notice the following question which has been raised by the Defence Department.
Opinion Number. 1403
SEAT OF GOVERNMENT PROCEDURE TO EFFECT TRANSFER OF SITTINGS OF PARLIAMENT FROM MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA
CONSTITUTION ss 5, 125: SEAT OF GOVERNMENT ACT 1908 s 3: SEAT OF GOVERNMENT ACCEPTANCE ACT 1909 s 4
Section 125 of the Constitution, after specifying the method by which the Seat of Government has to be determined, provides that the Parliament shall sit at Melbourne until it meets at the Seat of Government.
Section 3 of the Seat of Government Act 1908 provides that—
It is hereby determined that the Seat of Government of the Commonwealth shall be in the district of Yass–Canberra in the State of New South Wales.
Section 4 of the Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 provides that—
Opinion Number. 1404
CUSTOMS PROHIBITED IMPORTS: WHETHER PAMPHLETS ARE SEDITIOUS
CUSTOMS PROCLAMATION No 37 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE 23 June 1921 p 989
With reference to your memorandum of the 8th October, 1926, forwarding certain publications for advice as to whether they infringe the Proclamation of the 16th June, 1926, I have to inform you that I agree with the views expressed in the Chief Clerk’s memorandum dated the 6th October, 1926, that the pamphlets entitled—
The Meaning of the General Strike and
The Communist Party on Trial (3),
are prohibited imports within the terms of the Proclamation of 16th June, 1921.
Opinion Number. 1405
NEW GUINEA validity of expropriation ordinances: claim of german companies FOR profits AND DAMAGES
TREATY OF PEACE BETWEEN THE ALLIED AND ASSOCIATED POWERS AND GERMANY done at VERSAILLES on 28 June 1919  ATS 1 (Treaty of Versailles arts) 119, 121, 297B: MANDATE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE GERMAN POSSESSIONS IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN SITUATED SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR OTHER THAN GERMAN SAMOA AND NAURU, CONFERRED UPON HIS BRITANNIC MAJESTY FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, CONFIRMED AND DEFINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS done at Geneva on 17 December 1920  ATS 2: NEW GUINEA ACT 1920: LAWS REPEAL AND ADOPTING ORDINANCE 1921 (NG): EXPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1920 (NG) ss 4, 14: EXPROPRIATION ORDINANCE 1921 (NG) s 2
The Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department, has forwarded for advice the following memorandum which has been signed on behalf of a number of German companies which formerly owned interests in New Guinea:
The Protectorate of German New Guinea was surrendered to the British Forces under Brigadier Colonel Holmes on September 21st 1914 after an agreement of Capitulation having been properly concluded.
Opinion Number. 1406
APPLICATION OF STATE LAW TO COMMONWEALTH LIABILITY OF Commonwealth to pay STATE pound fees in respect of horses belonging to Military Authorities: WHETHER FEES ARE TAX: WHETHER COMMONWEALTH BOUND BY STATE LAW: INCONSISTENCY WITH COMMONWEALTH LAW
IMPOUNDING ACT 1898 (NSW): CONSTITUTION ss 109, 114
The Secretary, Prime Minister’s Department, has asked for advice as to whether the Commonwealth is liable to pay pound fees in respect of horses belonging to the Military Authorities in New South Wales.
The Impounding Act 1898 of New South Wales provides for the impounding of animals in certain circumstances, and authorises every poundkeeper to demand and retain for his own use certain fees in respect of all animals impounded.