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Act No. 34 of 1940 as made
An Act relating to Charges on the Export of Rabbit Skins.
Date of Assent 03 Jun 1940
Date of repeal 20 Jun 1955
Repealed by Rabbit Skins Export Charges Legislation Repeal Act 1955



No. 34 of 1940.

An Act relating to Charges on the Export of Rabbit Skins.

[Assented to 3rd June, 1940.]


BE it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, for the purpose of appropriating the grant originated in the House of Representatives, as follows:—

Short title.

1.   This Act may be cited as the Rabbit Skins Export Charges Appropriation Act 1940.


2.   This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

Australian Rabbit Skins Board.

3.—(1.)  There shall be a Board, which shall be known as the Australian Rabbit Skins Board.

(2.)   The Board shall consist of a Chairman, a Deputy Chairman and four other members.

(3.)   The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister and shall hold office during his pleasure.

(4.)   Of the four members of the Board, other than the Chairman and Deputy Chairman—

(a) one shall be a representative of original suppliers of rabbit skins;

(b) one shall be a representative of rabbit skin brokers;

(c) one shall be a representative of exporters of rabbit skins; and

(d) one shall be a representative of persons engaged in the manufacture of fur felt hats.

Incorporation of Board.

4.   The Board shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.

Deputies of members.

5.—(1.)  The Minister may, in respect of each member of the Board (other than the Chairman and Deputy Chairman) appoint a person representative of the same interest as the member to be the deputy of that member.

(2.)   Any person so appointed shall, in the event of the illness or absence of the member of whom he is the deputy, have all the powers of that member during his illness or absence.


(3.)   No such appointment of a deputy, and no acts done by him as such, shall in any proceedings be questioned on the ground that the occasion for his appointment had not arisen or had ceased.

Meetings of Board.

6.—(1.)  Meetings of the Board shall be held at such times and places as the Board from time to time determines.

(2.)   The Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Board or any three members thereof may at any time call a special meeting of the Board.

(3.)   At all meetings of the Board four members shall form a quorum.

(4.)   The Chairman of the Board, or, in his absence, the Deputy Chairman of the Board, shall preside at all meetings of the Board.

(5.)   In the absence of both the Chairman and Deputy Chairman the members present at any meeting of the Board may elect one of their number to preside at that meeting.

(6.)   At all meetings of the Board the Chairman or other member presiding thereat shall have a deliberative vote and, in the case of an equality of votes, shall also have a casting vote.

(7.)   All questions before the Board shall be decided by a majority of votes.

(8.)   The Board shall keep a record of its proceedings.


7.   A member of the Board, or deputy of a member of the Board, shall not be personally liable for any act of the Board or of the member, or deputy, acting as such.


8.—(1.)  There shall be payable to the Australian Rabbit Skins Board such amounts as are from time to time received by the Commonwealth under the Rabbit Skins Export Charges Act 1940 in respect of the charge on rabbit skins imposed by that Act.

(2.)   Any amount so payable to the Australian Rabbit Skins Board shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund which is, to the necessary extent, hereby appropriated accordingly.