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§ 352. “Any Department.”

The departments of customs and excise become transferred on the establishment of the Commonwealth; the departments of posts, telegraphs, and telephones, naval and military defence, lighthouses, lightships, beacons and buoys, and quarantine, are to become transferred on a date or dates to be proclaimed by the Governor-General. (See sec. 69.)

By virtue of the legislative powers of the Parliament, other departments which come wholly within the scope of those powers can be taken over from time to time— such, for instance, as the departments of copyright, patents, and trade marks. In the exercise of its legislative power over matters referred to it by the States, the Federal Parliament may also be able to assume control over other departments. (See s. 51, subs. xxxvii.)

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