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Emergency management act 1986 (In force)
24 Powers and duties of Minister
(1) In a state of disaster, the Minister is responsible for directing and co-ordinating the activities of all government agencies, and the allocation of all available resources of the Government, which the Minister considers necessary or desirable for responding to the disaster.
(2) In addition to and without in any way limiting the generality of subsection (1), in a state of disaster the Minister may—

(a) direct any government agency to do or refrain from doing any act, or to exercise or perform or refrain from exercising or performing any function, power, duty or
responsibility; and
(b) if it appears to the Minister that compliance by a government agency with an Act or subordinate instrument, which prescribes the functions powers duties and responsibilities of that agency, would inhibit response to or recovery from the disaster, declare that the operation of the whole or any part of that Act or subordinate instrument is suspended; and
(c) take possession and make use of any person’s property as the Minister considers necessary or desirable for responding to the disaster; and
(d) control and restrict entry into, movement within and departure from the disaster area or any part of it; and
(e) compel the evacuation of any or all persons from the disaster area or any part of it.

(3) If a direction is given to a government agency
under subsection (2)(a)—

(a) the government agency must comply with the direction; and
(b) the direction prevails over anything to the contrary in any Act or law.