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Friday, 14 May 1915

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - These are not ordinary times, and this is not ordinary legislation. In ordinary circumstances none ofus would wish to make legislation restropective, but the position to the lay mind with regard to enemy patents has up to date been very obscure. We should safeguard any one who has innocently infringed a doubtful part of the law, especially when the Government themselves areresponsible for the obscurity.

Senator Keating - Your amendment so far from safeguarding a person who has hitherto infringed a licence will actually make him liable to a penalty of £500.

Senator DE LARGIE - That was not my intention, and if the Minister does not see his way to accept the amendment I shall not press it.

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