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Wednesday, 28 October 1914


Senator GARDINER (New South Wales) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The period is not too great seeing that the law will be in operation over the whole of the Commonwealth. If the time for instituting the prosecution is reduced there may not be sufficient opportunity for the report of an offence to reach the proper authorities. It will not be any great hardship if a man has to wait six months before he feels free from the penalties of the law. It may do more harm than good to reduce the period, because if instructions to proceed with a prosecution have to be sought and obtained by wire, prosecutions may be instituted in cases where, if more detailed particulars and instructions came by mail, none would be ordered at all. The area of the Commonwealth is large, and it takes a long while for communications to come from the more distant parts. Twelve months might be too long in the case of a State. Sufficient time must be allowed to make full inquiries, and, if necessary, to get the AttorneyGeneral's opinion after the committal of an offence.







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