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Thursday, 21 July 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (VICTORIA) - This is such a serious matter that it may result in persons guilty of a very serious offence escaping with the comparatively light punishment of three years' imprisonments . I suggest that the . proposed section might be referred to the Attorney-General for an opinion as to whether, by making this an offence under the Defence Act, we would not be< overriding the civil law of theStates.

Senator Pearce -i shall, have the point raised by the honorable senator looked' into." While the clause was before- -the Committee I expressed to the Minister in - charge of the Bill my opinion that the clause would not have the effect apprehended by Senator Elliott.

The Solicitor-General proceeds to add -

In my opinion the proposed enactment will not affect the right, in an appropriate 'case, to take proceedings under the law of a State.

R.R.Garran, Solicitor-General. 80/7/1921.

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