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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON (BarkerPostmasterGeneral) . - I cannot allow the statements made by the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) to pass without some explanation. The honorable member said that in the event of an offence against the regulations the offending person would be tried and condemned by the board. That will not bc so. If a person offends against the export regulations he may be tried in a customs court or a police court. lie will not be tried by the board. The honorable member for Franklin (Mr. Frost) is asking the committee to insert a new sub-clause to provide that an applicant for a licence shall, in the event of his application being refused, have the right to appeal to a court. The Minister is the only person who can grant or deprive a man of a licence. The possession of a licence to export does not give a person the right, to export. He has to get a permit in respect of

Mr Rosevear - 'Without a licence he cannot obtain a permit.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - That is so. It has never been suggested previously that in the event of failure to obtain a licence a person should have the right to appeal to a court of law. If he wishes to appeal from a decision of the board, the appeal should be made to the Minister.

Mr Rosevear - That is not the point.

Mr ARCHIE CAMERON - It is. No other appeal is required. The amendment is unnecessary, and I trust that it will be rejected.

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