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Tuesday, 22 September 1942

Dr EVATT (Barton) (AttorneyGeneral) . - The honorable member for Melbourne (Mr. Calwell) referred to the Security Service. I have already tabled a statement on security policy and honorable members will be able to debate the matter on a motion for the printing of the paper. I ask honorable members to give to the newly-appointed DirectorGeneral of Security all the support pos sible. He has a big job of work to do, and I believe that he will do it efficiently, paying due regard not only to the civil rights of the people, but also to the supreme necessity for protecting this country in time of war. I have indicated my views on security matters and explained the overriding principles. I deprecate interference with security matters. I want to see the department deal with the problem in the interests of the people of this country, free from political control. The honorable member for Hunter (Mr. James) has criticized the Judge in Bankruptcy and. referred to matters affecting taxation. Taxation prosecutions are under the control of the Commissioner of Taxation. The judge to whom the honorable member referred is subject to control in that if he acts wrongly on law or fact, his decision is subject to appeal. That is the legal way in which his decisions should be questioned. Proposed vote agreed to.

Department of the Interior.

Proposed Vote,£542,600.

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