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Wednesday, 28 October 1914


Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) .- The Government have promised another place to consent to an adjournment of probably a week, and possibly a fortnight. Unless this Bill goes through to-night, we shall not be able to get it upon the statutebook until the other House meets again, owing to the fact that an amendment has been made. I am not complaining of this, but the amendment will have to be considered by another place. In the circumstances, the Government ask the Senate to pass this Bill through all its stages to-night.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 19 to 21 agreed to.

Clause 22 -

(1)   A prosecution in respect of an offence against this or any other Act, or any regulation under any Act, may be commenced as follows : -

(a)   Where the maximum term of imprisonment in respect of the offence in the case of a first conviction exceeds six months - at any time after the commission of the offence :

(6)   Where the maximum term of imprisonment in respect of the offence in the case of a first conviction does not exceed six months - at any time within one year after the commission of the offence : and

(c)   Where the punishment provided in respect of the offence is a pecuniary penalty, and no term of imprisonment is mentioned - at any time within one year after the commission of the offence. . . .

Senator Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [8.58].- I call attention to paragraph 6. It would be reasonable to make the period six months instead of twelve. That is the English and the State practice with regard to all minor offences which may come before a Court of summary jurisdiction. The paragraph does not apply to any serious or major offences.







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