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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr MARKS (Wentworth) (11:45 AM) . - I should like to extend a welcome to this Bill. In the course of my official visit to the Mandated Territory last year, I found a white man imprisoned in the gaol there. The conditions in that heat, and the malaria, were simply appalling, and he could not be removed. He was in the presence of blacks, and this alone is had. The Bill is absolutely necessary, and I congratulate the Government on its introduction.

Mr Scullin - What trial do white persons get?

Mr Groom - A special Supreme Court is constituted in the Mandated Territories. There are two Judges - one the Chief Justice, and the other a puisne Judge. The prisoners are tried according to the British procedure.

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