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Thursday, 19 November 1959


Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar)

Mr. Chairman,I think that the AttorneyGeneral is being a little unreasonable in this.


Mr Thompson - On a point of order, Mr. Chairman! Has not the honorable member for Wentworth already had two periods of ten minutes each?


The CHAIRMAN - No. This is his second amendment.


Mr WENTWORTH - As I have said, I think that the Attorney-General is being a little unreasonable in this. He does not want to give to the court the responsibility of deciding what is reasonable. That is something which is done quite often in legislation. However, the honorable gentleman does want to give to the court the responsibility of deciding what is in the public interest, and the expression " in the public interest" is a much wider thing for which there is no precedent. It seems to me that the Minister has given a pretty good illustration of straining at a gnat but swallowing a camel.

Proposed new clause negatived.

Clauses 34 to 40 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 41 (Joinder of adulterer).







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