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Wednesday, 23 October 1912


Senator McGREGOR (South AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I appreciate the anxiety of Senator Gould to see that everything is done rightly, and I hope that in the future just as much caution will be observed in the framing of regulations as has been observed in the past.


Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - I hope that more caution will be observed.


Senator McGREGOR - Seeing that only three regulations have been upset in the history of this Parliament, I think that a very considerable amount of care has been exercised hitherto. This Bill will be administered in the Attorney-General's Department, and his officers will have the drafting of the regulations.


Senator Lt Colonel Sir Albert Gould - They are fallible.


Senator McGREGOR - Yes, as everybody is. Does anybody imagine that we are all to go through this world without making a mistake? If officers have to make regulations, it is only natural that, sometimes, they may make a mistake. We do not pretend to be infallible. But I can assure Senator Gould that every care will be taken. I would point out to him that when the officers of the Attorney-General realize that any regulations which exceed the powers conferred by this Bill will be ultra vires, they will be all the more careful in drafting them. But even if regulations which were ultra vires passed both Houses of Parliament unchallenged, I can assure the honorable senator that the fact would soon be discovered, and they would be returned to the Department in order that it might frame new regulations which would be in complete harmony with the Act. I know that Senator Gould admits that for the detailed working of any office, such as a Copyright Office, regulations must be framed, and I can assure him that in drafting them every care will be taken.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 25 agreed to.

Clause 26 - * '

Registration of copyright shall be optional, but the special remedies provided for by sections fifteen, sixteen, and seventeen of this Act can only be taken advantage of by registered owners.







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