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Friday, 23 April 1915

Mr. JENSEN(Bass - Assistant Minis

That this Bill be now read a second time.

The conditions under which we are now living, which necessitate the introduction of this measure, are, happily, entirely new to the people of the Commonwealth, which finds itself involved, as part of the Empire, in one of the greatest wars that the world has known. The object of the Bill is to secure the protection of life and property within the Commonwealth, and to maintain the supremacy of the Empire, which is threatened. There is no intention to do harm to any section of the community. Last year the* British Parliament passed a War Precautions Act, the provisions of which were copied in an Act passed by this Parliament, but the Imperial Act was found not to do all that was required of it, and an amending Act has since been passed.

Sir Robert Best - Does the Bill on which the honorable member is speaking follow British legislation on this subject?

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