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Thursday, 3 November 1927

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) (Honorary Minster) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The main object of this measure is toprevent persons discharging firearms over certain Commonwealth lands, such asdefence lands, and more particularly over areas of land uponwhich explosives are manufactured or stored. Recently, two men were observed shooting cormorants from the bank of the Maribyrnong river opposite to the explosives factory, and some of the bullets passed close to certain buildings in which high explosives were stored. In November of last year a similar occurrence took place at the Liverpool manoeuvre area, New South Wales. The bill also proposes to make it an offence to dischargefirearms over any prohibited area, namely over any area belonging to, or occupied by, the Commonwealth, upon which there is a notice prohibiting shooting purporting to be given by, or by the authority of, a Minister. The section will not apply, however, to persons authorized to discharge firearms by the Commonwealth officer in whose control the land is placed. It is also proposed to amend section, 89 of the Crimes Act. This section deals with trespass on naval or military lands, and provides for the arrest of trespassers by any member of the Defence Force. It sometimes happens, however, that a member of the Defence Force is not available when the offence is committed. It is therefore proposed to extend this power so that arrests may be made by any person employed in the Department of Defence, any peace officer of the Commonwealth, or any member of the police force of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory.

Debate (on motion by Senator Needham) adjourned.

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