TRADE AND COMMERCE WHETHER COMMONWEALTH HAS POWER TO ESTABLISH INTERSTATE TRADE AND MAIL SERVICE
CONSTITUTION, s. 51 (i), (v)
The question whether the Commonwealth has constitutional power to conduct an interstate mail and trade service between Tasmania and the mainland has been re-ferred to me for advice by direction of the Postmaster-General.
There is no Commonwealth legislation in existence to authorise the establishment of a mail and trade service by the Commonwealth between Tasmania and the main-land, and, in the absence of such legislation, I doubt whether it would be practicable to establish such a service.
But, in my opinion, the Commonwealth Parliament clearly has power to legislate for the establishment and carrying on of such a service by the Commonwealth or any authority under the Commonwealth.
[Vol. 10, p. 396]