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Thursday, 26 November 1914


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Will the honorable member allow me to refer to the previous paragraph before he moves his amendment. Proposed new section 135b appeared in a Bill which I introduced, and I am entirely in agreement with the principle of it, but it contains a possible ambiguity. Its purpose was to prevent a recalcitrant trainee who persisted in refusing drill from being subjected to continuous prosecution, or practically committed to custody for life. On looking it over again it seems to me that the word ' ' offences ' ' may be construed to mean offences of a different character and not a repetition of the same offence, as was intended. The Minister might confer with his legal advisers in the matter. My intention was to*limit the total punishment in respect of the offence I have mentioned, even if continuously repeated, to confinement for thirty days.







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