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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr KILLEN (Moreton) .- I move -

Omit "and 'would be contrary to the public interest' "

I do not press the matter and I certainly do not press the matter in terms of seeking a division of the Committee. However, the provision as it stands at present bespeaks a circumstance looking in future. I wonder how we can legislate for a happening in the future. If the Committee refers back to clause 35 (2) it will find that the Government and the Attorney-General recognise the difficulty of looking forward because there the Attorney-General sought, and the Committee agreed, to strike out the words "or are likely to become". Here I am seeking to strike out the words " and would be contrary to the public interest". I put it to my honorable and learned friend that the sentiments are on all fours, particularly in terms of looking prospectively. Both of them bespeak, in their original form, of something that will happen in the future. I submit to the Committee that it is quite impossible to legislate for something that might happen in the future. I do not know what the Attorney-General's reaction to the amendment may be; nevertheless, I move it.

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