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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Senator Mullan says that there are Children's Courts in Queensland which take cases up to the age of seventeen, but there are other States in which the age is lower. The paragraph as proposed to be amended would seem to imply that even there we would require those Courts to take cases up to the age of seventeen.

Senator Pearce - Where, practicable.

Senator MILLEN - It would be quite practicable in Sydney, but the age limit in New South Wales is sixteen. I have no objection to amending the Defence Act to make the age limit seventeen, but this amendment may not have the effect we intend. It may be necessary to amend the Judiciary Act to give to Children's Courts in States where the age limit is sixteen special power to take cases up to seventeen.

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