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Friday, 23 October 1914

The PRESIDENT - I remind the honorable senator that the measure does not apply to anything of that nature.

Senator GRANT - It is rather amusing to hear Senator de Largie say that he hopes in the near future we shall have a protective Tariff that will enable us to be a self-contained nation. The honorable senator knows very well that the object of a protective Tariff is to get revenue.

Senator de Largie - No. You do not understand what Protection is.

Senator GRANT - I quite understand the effect of Protection. Senator de Largie knows, and all honorable senators know, that we depend upon the Customs House almost entirely for the national revenue.

The PRESIDENT - 1 ask the honorable senator not to refer to that subject. It has no relevancy to the Bill.

Senator GRANT - I shall postpone my remarks upon the subject, though I should like to reply to Senator de Largie. In the meantime, I support the Bill, and trust that it will go through at the earliest possible moment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 -

(1)   Any person who, daring the continuance of the present state of war, trades or has before the commencement of this Act traded with the enemy shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)   An offence against this section may be prosecuted either summarily or upon indictment, but an offender shall not be liable to be punished more than once in respect of the same offence.

(3)   The punishment for an offence against this suction shall be as follows: -

(a)   If the offence is prosecuted summarily - a fine not exceeding Five hundred pounds, or imprisonment for any term not exceeding twelve months, or both;

(b)   If the offence is prosecuted upon indictment - a fine of any amount, or imprisonment for not more than seven years, or both.

(4)   Any goods or money in relation to which an offence against this section has been committed or which has been used in connexion with such an offence shall be forfeited to the King, and may be seized by any officer of police thereto authorized in writing by the Comptroller-General.

(5)   A corporation guilty of an offence against this section shall be liable to the pecuniary penalties thereby provided, and any director, officer, servant, or agent of a corporation who is knowingly concerned in the commission of an offence against this section by the corporation shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and punishable accordingly by fine or imprisonment or both.

(6)   A prosecution for an offence against this section shall not be instituted without the written consent of the Attorney-General.

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