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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr NELSON (Northern Territory) . - I will not delay the House long, but I would like to take the opportunity to draw the attention of honorable members to the present state of gaols in the Northern Territory.

Mr Hasluck - I rise to order. Apparently my previous point of order was not substantiated. Here we have a bill, the narrow terms of which, like the narrow terms of the parent act, concern only the question of prisoners already serving sentences, and the procedures that are to be followed if they are to be removed from a temporary gaol to a gaol in the southern States. You, sir, permitted the honorable member for Herbert to discuss a particular case that arises out of the laws of a Territory and the courts of a Territory. The honorable member for the Northern Territory proposes, now, to discuss the conditions that operate inside the gaols of that Territory.

Mr SPEAKER - I would ask the honorable member for the Northern Territory to confine his remarks to the purpose of the bill.

Mr Nelson - Speaking to the point of order, I wish to direct the attention of the House to the fact that if the gaols in the Northern Territory were in a proper state, prisoners would not have to be removed from them. I would like a ruling on thai submission.

Mr SPEAKER - The position is that any reference to the gaols would not be in order. It would be outside the scope of the bill.

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