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Wednesday, 27 November 1935


Senator COLLINGS (QUEENSLAND) . - The words "or has knowledge or information relating to such an association " are far too drastic in that they leave the way open to abuses. At times of excitement - and only at such times will this provision be put into operation - a person might suggest to a magistrate that another person against whom he has a grudge has information relating to an unlawful association, whereupon the magistrate could call upon that person to answer questions, furnish information or produce documents for inspection. Even if it does not take us back to the days of the Inquisition, such a provision certainly means the subjection of suspected persons to "third degree" methods which hitherto have not been introduced into Australia. I therefore move -

That the words " or has knowledge or information relating to such an association ", sub-section 1, proposed new section 30ab, be left out.







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