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Friday, 19 July 1912

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - There appears to be considerable variation with regard to the powers of Children's Courts in the different States. In South Australia they have larger powers than in Tasmania, dealing with offences with regard to boarded-out children and toys and girls in reformatories. In South Australia, therefore, the Children's Courts are able to deal with offences committed by cadets under the Defence Act. I certainly think that where such Courts can deal with such offences they should do so, because. I do not like the idea of taking lads, who are often not inherently bad, but merely thoughtless, and mixing them up with a lot of drunks and criminals.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 9 agreed to.

Clause 10 (Amendment of section 142).

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