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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr CHARLTON (Hunter) (11:44 AM) . - I have a very few words to say on this Bill, and I confess that I have to take the word of the Attorney-General (Mr. Groom) for what it contains. Merely glancing at it, which is all I have been able to do, it appears to me that it is introduced for. the purpose of removing white prisoners from the Mandated Territories to prisons in Queensland, to prevent their confinement in the only quarters available in the islands. I believe that practice has been adopted in the case of persons sentenced to imprisonment in Papua.

Mr Atkinson - I believe so.

Mr Groom - In any case, Papua, as one of the Territories of the Commonwealth, will be covered by the Bill.

Mr CHARLTON - In view of the statement made by the Attorney-General, I think it is unnecessary to further discuss tine measure*

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