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An Act to amend "The Roads Supervision and Works
Act, 1913," and to validate certain expenditure
by Municipal and District Councils on Main
Roads.

BE

[Assented to, November 12th, 1914.]

E it Enacted by the Governor of the State of South Australia, with the advice and consent of the Parliament thereof, as

follows:

1. (1) This Act may be cited alone as "The Roads Supervision Short titles. and Works Act Amendment Act, 1914."

(2) "The Roads Supervision and Works Act, 1913" (hereinafter No. 1141 of 1913. called "the principal Act"), and this Act may be cited together as "The Roads Supervision and Works Acts, 1913 and 1914.'

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2. This Act is incorporated with the principal Act, and that Act Incorporation. and this Act shall be read as one Act.

3. Section 8 of the principal Act is hereby amended by striking Amendment of section out subdivision (b) thereof.

8 of principal Act--Functions of Engineer.

4. Section 11 of the principal Act is hereby amended so as to Amendment of read as follows:

section 11Appointment of

11. The Governor may appoint Inspectors of Roads and Inspectors. Bridges.

5. Section

Amendment of section 12-

The Roads Supervision and Works Act Amendment Act.-1914.

5. Section 12 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the Duties of Inspectors. addition thereto of the following subdivision:

Amendment of
section 14-
Expenditure by
Councils out of grants
for main roads to

be subject to direction
of Engineer in
certain cases.

Act to be retrospective.

() to inspect works being carried out by Councils on or in connection with roads and bridges, wholly or partly by means of moneys voted by Parliament, and to inspect the materials used in carrying out such works; and to advise such Councils as to the methods to be adopted. and the materials to be used, in carrying out such works.

6. Section 14 of the principal Act is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

14. After the passing of this Act, in such cases as the Minister directs and in such other cases as the Engineer deems advisable, all moneys granted to a Council out of moneys voted by Parliament for main roads shall be expended upon such works and in such manner as are directed by the Engineer, and subject to his approval.

7. Anything done, or the omission of anything, since the passing of the principal Act shall have the same effect, and be as valid for all purposes, as if the sections hereby amended had, on the passing of the principal Act, read as hereby amended.

In the name and on behalf of His Majesty, I hereby assent to
this Bill.
H. L. GALWAY, Governor.

Adelaide By authority. R. E. E. ROGERS, Government Printer, North Terrace.

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An Act to enable Seed Wheat and other Commodities to be supplied by the Government, and Advances to be made, upon Credit, to Settlers and others affected by the Drought now prevailing in the State, and for purposes incident thereto and consequent thereon,

B'

[Assented to, November 12th, 1914.]

E it Enacted by the Governor of the State of South Australia,
with the advice and consent of the Parliament thereof, as

follows:

1. This Act may be cited as "The Drought Relief Act, 1914." 2. In this Act

"Advance" means an advance under this Act:

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Applicant " means applicant for assistance under this Act:
"Application" means application under this Act:

"Minister" means the Minister of the Crown to whom the
administration of this Act is, for the time being, committed
by the Governor:

"Prescribed " means prescribed by this Act:

"The State" means the State of South Australia:

"This Act" includes regulations made under this Act.

Short title.

Interpretation.

3. The

Minister may supply commodities and make advances to settlers.

Who may apply for assistance.

Provision for sharefarmers.

Method of applying.

The Drought Relief Act.-1914.

3. The Minister may, for the purpose of affording assistance to such settlers and other persons as he considers to be affected by the drought now prevailing in the State

(a) supply applicants, or cause them to be supplied, upon credit, with seed wheat, or other cereals, manure, hay, chaff, implements, live stock, flour, and any other commodities, whether of the same kind as any of those herein before specified or not, which the Minister thinks necessary for the said purpose; and

(b) make advances to applicants to enable them to pay for the agistment of live stock; and

(c) make advances to applicants who have fallowed any land held or farmed by them:

Provided that no commodity shall be supplied or money advanced under this Act after the thirty-first day of December, nineteen hundred and fifteen.

4. Any person holding any land for a freehold estate, or under a lease registered in the Lands Titles Office or the General Registry Office for the Registration of Deeds, or under any lease or agreement under "The Crown Lands Acts, 1903 to 1913," or any other Act providing for the leasing of lands belonging to the Crown, who is, as a result of the drought now prevailing in the State, in need of such assistance as is provided for by this Act, may apply for such assistance.

5. (1) Any person holding land as mentioned in section 4, who has entered into an agreement with any other person to farm such land, or any part thereof, on shares, may, if such other person is unable to carry into effect the provisions of such agreement without such assistance as is provided for by this Act, apply to the Minister for such assistance to be granted to such other person.

(2) The cost of commodities supplied or any money advanced upon an application pursuant to subsection (1) hereof shall be deemed to be an advance made to the applicant, and shall be repaid to the Minister by such applicant in the same manner as if the advance had been made to the applicant himself; and all the provisions of this Act relating to advances, to the repayment thereof and the payment of interest thereon, and to the manner of securing the same, shall apply to such cost or money.

(3) Subject to any agreement between the applicant and the other person referred to in subsection (1) hereof, the applicant shall be entitled to be reimbursed by such other person all amounts paid by the applicant pursuant to subsection (2) hereof, except to the extent (if at all) that the advance was made in respect of commodities which, under the agreement between them, were to be provided by the applicant.

6. Every application shall be made to the Minister, and shall contain such particulars as are prescribed.

7. If

The Drought Relief Act.-1914.

7. If the Minister is satisfied that an applicant, or, in such a case Minister may grant application. as mentioned in section 5, the person on whose behalf the application was made,

(a) bona fide intends forthwith to put the land held or farmed
(as the case may be) by him, or part thereof, under crop,
and is unable to do go without assistance under this
Act, or has fallowed such land or part thereof and
bona fide intends to put such land or part under crop, or
(b) requires the commodities applied for to feed his stock, or to
maintain himself and his family (if any) on such land, or
(c) requires the advance applied for to enable him to pay for
the agistment of live stock,

he may grant to the applicant or to the person on whose behalf the
application was made (according to the nature of the case) such
assistance under this Act as he thinks fit.

ment and contract.

8. Every person upon whose application any commodity is Person supplied to supplied or moneys advanced under this Act shall, upon the supply sign an acknowledg or advance thereof, sign an acknowledgment and contract in the appropriate form contained in the Schedule to this Act, or in such form as is prescribed in that behalf.

9. (1) The cost of any commodity or commodities supplied under Provisions for fixing this Act shall be fixed by the Minister.

the cost of commodities supplied, and the repayment of

(2) Notice of the amount so fixed shall be given to the applicant advances. upon whose application the supply was granted, and such amount (hereinafter referred to as an "advance") shall be deemed to be an advance made by the Minister to such applicant.

(3) The applicant, to whom any advance is made or is deemed to be made under this Act, shall repay such advance, with interest thereon, calculated from the first day of February, nineteen hundred and sixteen, to the date of payment, at the rate of Four Pounds Ten Shillings per centum per annum,

(a) on demand, or

(b) upon the alienation (whether voluntary or otherwise) of such applicant's interest in the lands mentioned in the acknowledgment and contract signed by him under section 8, or in any of such lands,

whichever first happens: Provided that such applicant may at any time repay the whole or any part of the advance, with interest to the date of payment on the amount so paid; and when part only has been so repaid, interest as aforesaid shall be payable on the balance for the time being remaining unpaid.

(4) The Minister, notwithstanding any prior demand may in any case which he considers to be one of special hardship, extend, and from time to time further extend, the date of repayment of the whole or any part of the advance made to an applicant, and may fix any date later than the first day of February, nineteen hundred and sixteen, as the date from which interest on the advance shall be calculated and paid by the applicant. 10. Notwithstanding

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