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Friday, 4 November 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- While I admit that the time within which appeals may be lodged is not so important in connexion with the offences referred to in sub-clause 2, dealing with minor offences, for which a small fine may be imposed, I am not prepared to pass the general question of the right of appeal in the case of major offences. If, on the arguments of the Minister, the Committee allows the time for appeal in minor cases -to be fixed at forty-eight hours, the same objection may be used against any extension of time for the right of appeal in the more serious offences. I am not insisting upon an extension of time for appeal in minor offences, (but I hope the Minister will realize that for major charges more time should be allowed.

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