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§ 284. “Or in any Authority of a Colony.”

In connection with the public service of each colony there may be local authorities, boards or commissions which are endowed with special powers and functions. When a public department is transferred to the Commonwealth it is placed beyond the jurisdiction of such local authorities, boards, and commissions, and becomes subject to the exclusive control of the Federal Executive. In such cases the powers and functions, formerly exercised in respect to the department by the local authority, vest either in the Governor-General or in the Governor-General in Council, until Federal legislation creates a Federal authority to exercise similar powers and functions under the Commonwealth.

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