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Friday, 23 October 1914


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - Is the Minister satisfied that this clause is sufficiently clear? Do not the words " any person who, during 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," seem to suggest trading at any time before the commencement of the Act?


Senator O'Keefe - They refer to trading since the commencement of the war.


Senator KEATING - The words are, " any person who has before the commencement of this Act traded with the enemy shall be guilty." Does the Minister think that these words are sufficiently clear ?


Senator Russell - There could be no enemy before the issue of the proclamation of war.


Senator KEATING - It would be better to use the words " any person who, during the continuance of the present war, trades, or has traded, with the enemy." Then there would be no doubt. The words " during the continuance of the war " would cover everything. The clause is now open to the interpretation that it applies to any person who has traded with the enemy at any time before the commencement of the Act, or of the war itself.







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