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Wednesday, 8 November 1911


Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .- When the Minister took such strong exception to Senator Lynch's amendment, he ought at least to have stated in what way service is to be effected. But he has given us no light or leading as to how summonses are to be served. It appears to me that the first thing a Court will require when a prosecution is instituted will be proof of service. Unless Senator Lynch's amendment be adopted, very few convictions, if any, will be obtained. Any justice of the peace having respect for himself and his Court will ask the prosecution, " What proof have you that this summons has been served on the accused?" I believe this provision will be a dead letter, and that no Court will fine a man for a breach of the law.







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