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Thursday, 11 April 1946

Dr EVATT (Barton) (AttorneyGeneral and Minister for External Affairs) . - in reply - I endorse fully the remarks of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) regarding the service that has been rendered to Australia by its citizens during the great crisis of the war,' to a large degree under the authority of the act which is to be terminated on the 31st December next. Their service has been of inestimable value to the country and I make full acknowledgment of it. I endorse also the statement of the Leader of the Opposition that, although the National Security Act will continue in force until the 31st December, it will be competent for any citizen to challenge the validity pf any regulation made thereunder on the ground that it was not covered by the defence power. I can add nothing on that aspect of the subject to what I said in my secondreading speech. The termination of the National Security Act will mark tha. reinstitution of normal peace-time democratic parliamentary government in this country, and I am happy to he associated willi that occasion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Third Beading.

Motion (by Dr. Evatt)- i by leave - proposed -

That tl,e bill be now read a third time.

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