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The location of Norfolk Island, as a territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, is likely one of the old anomalies in governance, which has continued because 1914. It displays the direct old linkages among the British Crown and people Norfolk Islanders who have been descendants of Pitcairn Islanders of Mutiny at the Bounty reputation. but, as soon as Federation used to be within the wind, the British executive, opposed to the expressed needs of the Norfolk Island group, sought to divest itself of all accountability for Norfolk Island. there's a apparently ‘Yes Minister’ caliber in regards to the negotiations which result in the ultimate take-over via Australia, and the appointment of the 1st Commonwealth Administrator of Norfolk Island. The direct involvement of Atlee Hunt, then Secretary of the dep. of exterior Affairs, finally ensured the appointment of Michael Vincent Murphy. so that it will accomplish that finish, Hunt needed to fend off different candidates who have been busy ingratiating themselves with the Minister for exterior Affairs Patrick McMahon Glynn and the then best Minister Joseph prepare dinner. this is often primarily a examine of the relationships among governors, politicians, public servants and group leaders throughout the years which the take-over of Norfolk Island, and of the fight of 1 Norfolk Islander, Charles Chase Ray Nobbs, opposed to Australian administrative authority.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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He is a Storekeeper and large land holder. His paddocks are fenced, and the present law seems to suit him. Masey Quintal, a lawyer is another islander, one of the elected members, who in the present case sides with the President & Vice President. His acquaintance with Hunt had begun in the 1880s when he was a surveyor and Hunt a clerk in the Lands Department. A warm friendship developed during the lengthy and sometimes tense negotiations with successive New South Wales governors and 43 n Uneasy elationship departmental officials.

So far as the rights of the people are concerned, in my opinion we need not fear anything in this respect. Your Commonwealth Government being a democratic one all such matters must be respected by them. Should the Bill be passed by both Houses, there would be an Administration Bill, introduced later on, the rights of the people would then be dealt with and must be safe guarded. I hope to be able to get any further information as to how the Federal Government are dealing with the matter. I hope to send the Hats you require, later on.

Similarly, Federal politicians and bureaucrats were very conscious of their newly gained independence and sovereign status. In these circumstances, some official responses reflected the need to maintain respect for position and status on the one hand, and a desire to assert a new authority and control on the other. Discussions over the current and future status of Norfolk Island also highlighted unresolved questions over unauthorised occupancy of buildings and land. Individual Islanders who had ignored notices to sign leases or face eviction became the subject of greater attention.

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