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Thursday, 7 November 1935

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Section 9, sub-section 2, of the principal act provides -

A court of summary jurisdiction may, after such notice (if any) and to such person (if any) as it thinks fit to direct, order that any articles so brought before it bc condemned or he returned to the person from whom they were taken.

By adding the new section 9a it is proposed to wipe out the provision I have just quoted and to substitute therefor -

(2)   All property which is forfeited by or under any act or regulations shall, subject to the last preceding section, and unless it is otherwise provided by that act or those regulations, be dealt with as . the Attorney-General directs.

Apparently it is proposed to leave to the discretion of the Attorney-General the power to deal with forfeited or condemned articles, whereas under the existing law a court of summary jurisdiction may order such goods to be returned to the person from whom they had been taken. I would like to know just what is behind the proposed alteration.

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