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Thursday, 16 May 1957

Mr CLAREY (Bendigo) .- This clause, also, relates to the making of regulations. Sub-clause (b) omits paragraph (q) of section 97 (1.) of the principal act and inserts in lieu thereof the following paragraph: - " (q) for providing for the notification to the Board of punishments imposed on officers under sections fifty-five and fifty-six of this Act and for the keeping, for such periods as are specified in the regulations, of records of punishments so imposed; ".

Existing paragraph (q) contains the following proviso: -

Provided that nothing in the regulations shall authorize the keeping, for more than two years, of the record of any punishment which does not exceed a fine of five shillings.

I presume that 10s. is meant to take the place of 5s. as the prescribed sum. Apparently it will be possible, by way of regulation, to alter the period for which records may be kept. Thus, the present safeguard that records shall not be kept for more than two years may be removed. I feel sure that the Minister, upon examining this clause further, will appreciate that it does take away a statutory safeguard, and will see that the bill is amended in another place. As the clause stands, the record of a punishment could be kept for all time.

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