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Wednesday, 16 September 1942

Mr CURTIN - If the citizen referred to was convicted by the magistrate, obviously he must have committed a breach of some law. If the law was a law of the Commonwealth, and was harsh or worked detrimentally, we should be entitled to review it, but I do not propose to ask the States generally to review their early closing acts. I do not think rh:,t that is required. I point out that the honorable gentleman could quite as easily have cited the case of a publican trading outside the prescribed hours. I do not feel disposed to interfere with the working of the laws of the States which fix opening and closing times for various businesses.

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