Mr H.S. Nicholas was appointed Sole Commissioner on 25 August 1933, to report on the New States Royal Commission.
Subsequently the Royal Commission examined the functions of the state, the distribution of revenue, the civil service, distribution of assets and liabilities, and tests of suitability. (2) The proposed states were assessed in terms of the nature of boundaries, size of area, population, nature of production and resources, community interests and means of communication. (3)
The Report found that two areas would be suitable for self-government as States within the Commonwealth of Australia, a northern region, and a central, western and southern region, with descriptions of the boundaries of each region listed. (4) A referendum was recommended in each of the proposed areas, with electors informed of the questions at issue, and of facts relating to the advantages and disadvantages of subdivision. (5)
1.Parliamentary Papers 1934-35, Vol 3, New States, Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry, p.1205
3. ibid, p.1220-30