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Sir Isaac Isaacs May Be Australian Governor-general

The Rt. Hon Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, who was recently appointed Chief Justice of Australia, may be appointed Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia in succession to Lord Stonehaven.

The Australian Labor Government, headed by Mr. Scullin, following its declared policy to have an Australian appointed as the next Governor-General, has recommended, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency representative here learns authoritatively, the appointment of Sir Isaac. The recommendation has been forwarded to the Colonial Office, with whom the final decision now rests.

Under the Federal Constitution, the Commonwealth is governed by the Governor-General, who is appointed by the British Crown, acting on the advice of the Cabinet which is responsible to an Australian Parliament of two Houses.

Sir Isaac, if he is appointed Governor-General, would therefore be again following the precedent of his namesake, Lord Reading (Sir Rufus Isaacs), who left the Chief Justiceship of England to become the representative of the Crown as Viceroy in India.

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