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Friday, 29 April 1921

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) , - The suggestion offered by the Minister for Defence (Senator Pearce) is a wise one. The end's which legislation has had in view have often been defeated by undue viciousness in legislative provisions. I recently came across a case where a contractor to the Australian Navy was a company. It was really a proprietary company, but there was only one man concerned. He defrauded the Australian Government and the Navy. When the officers of the Crown Law Department got on his track they found that the only punishment provided for his offence was imprisonment, but they found also that they could not imprison a limited liability company. Consequently, this- " scallywag " who took down the Australian Navy got off scot-free from any consequences of his ' illegal . action. I think that Senator Earle would be well advised if he proposed to add after the words, " Fifty pounds " the words, and, or six months' imprisonment."

Senator Earle - I ask leave to with- . draw my amendment in-order to submit an amendment in a different form. ,

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Amendment (by Senator Earle) proposed -

That after the word " pounds " the following words be inserted,' "or six months' imprisonment, or both."

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