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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I do not think it is the desire of a democratic Parliament like this to impose extreme penalties. Whether a citizen be poor or rich he knows that under British law he has no right to defy constituted authority. The penalty of £500, which is provided for in the clause would not be inflicted upon the individual who merely rommits a technical offence as the result of ignorance. But we should be chary about substantially reducing the penalty in the case of a man who has important documents in his custody and who refuses to produce them when called upon to do so by the Board.

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