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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - I have already explained the circumstances usually surrounding minor offences in connexion with which appeals must be lodged within forty-eight hours. The proviso to paragraph d of sub-clause 3 deals with the more serious offences. It states that if the punishment be other than fine, the officer concerned may appeal, as prescribed, to the Board.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - But paragraph c of sub-clause 3 provides than an officer against whom a charge has been laid must reply forthwith in writing, admitting or denying the truth of the charge, and giving any explanation he may deem necessary. If he does not reply within forty-eight hours he shall be deemed to have admitted the truth of the charge. That refers to serious offences.

Senator RUSSELL - But, as I have already pointed out, if an officer denies the truth of a charge, he will have ample time within which to prepare his defence.

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