Snowy Mountains Agreement

However, the restrictions imposed by the Australian Constitution meant that the Commonwealth Government was limited in the powers it could exercise without the consent of the States. [6] Subsequently, the Commonwealth Government, as part of its defence, introduced laws in the federal parliament; [6] and passed the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Power Act 1949 (Cth), which created the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Authority. [2] Ten years later, the states and territories concerned introduced their own laws in this area, and in January 1959 the White Mountains Agreement was concluded between the Commonwealth and the States. [6] Communication equipment was made available to the two main developers at their work centres Bella Vista, Bogong Adit and Geehi on the west side of the mountains and at Snowy Adit, Island Bend and Eucumbene on the east side. .

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