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1.53 The Governor-General or the Governor-General in Council may need to formally execute a decision to give effect to it (for example, an appointment decision). In such cases, Ministers should not pre-empt the outcome of this process by announcing that the decision has taken effect before the Governor-General has signed the necessary documents.

1.54 If it is necessary to announce a decision or an appointment before the Governor-General has signed the relevant documents, staff in the appropriate Minister's office should:

  1. advise staff at Government House in advance, as a matter of courtesy; and
  2. ensure that the wording of the announcement reflects the fact that the decision or appointment has not yet been formally effected (for example, “The Minister will today advise the Governor-General to appoint…”).
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Friday, 23 June 2017

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