Date of Transfer of Quarantine public service in the State of QLD transferred to the Commonwealth:

The request was partially successful.

Brett Wilson

Dear Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General,

Sect 69 of the Commonwealth Constitution states as follows:

Sect 69 - Transfer of certain departments

On a date or dates to be proclaimed by the Governor‑General after the establishment of the Commonwealth the following departments of the public service in each State shall become transferred to the Commonwealth:

posts, telegraphs, and telephones;

naval and military defence;

lighthouses, lightships, beacons, and buoys;

quarantine.

But the departments of customs and of excise in each State shall become transferred to the Commonwealth on its establishment.

a. It is requested that your office provide a copy of the instrument or document that includes the date proclaimed by the Governor‑General after the establishment of the Commonwealth, when the State of QLD transferred its quarantine department of the public service to the Commonwealth as per Sect 69 of the Constitution; and

b. It is also requested that your office provide a copy of the instrument or document that includes the date the quarantine department of the public service, might have been transferred back to the State of QLD from the Commonwealth to State control, by the QLD Government?

Yours faithfully,

Brett Wilson

(Shared) FOI & IPS Mailbox, Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

Dear Mr Wilson

I refer to your email of 6 May 2020 in which you make a request under the Commonwealth Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) for:

"Dear Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General,

Sect 69 of the Commonwealth Constitution states as follows:

Sect 69 - Transfer of certain departments

On a date or dates to be proclaimed by the Governor‑General after the establishment of the Commonwealth the following departments of the public service in each State shall become transferred to the Commonwealth:

posts, telegraphs, and telephones;

naval and military defence;

lighthouses, lightships, beacons, and buoys;

quarantine.

But the departments of customs and of excise in each State shall become transferred to the Commonwealth on its establishment.

a. It is requested that your office provide a copy of the instrument or document that includes the date proclaimed by the Governor‑General after the establishment of the Commonwealth, when the State of QLD transferred its quarantine department of the public service to the Commonwealth as per Sect 69 of the Constitution; and

b. It is also requested that your office provide a copy of the instrument or document that includes the date the quarantine department of the public service, might have been transferred back to the State of QLD from the Commonwealth to State control, by the QLD Government?

Yours faithfully,

Brett Wilson”

Our office is currently considering this matter and will respond to you within 30 days, in accordance with the Act.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Jo Tarnawsky
Deputy Official Secretary

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(Shared) FOI & IPS Mailbox, Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

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Dear Mr Wilson,

Please find attached the response to your request of 6 May 2020.

Kind regards,
Fiona

Freedom of Information Contact Officer
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General
W: www.gg.gov.au
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