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Thursday, 7 November 1935


Senator ALLAN MACDONALD (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) . - I move -

That paragraph (a) be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following paragraph - (a) by adding at the end of subsection ( 1 ) the words " ; or in the case of a corporation, One thousand pounds."

Under sub-section 1 of section 25, any person who knowingly attempts to seduce any person in the King's forces from his duty and allegiance, or incites him to commit an act of mutiny or any traitorous or mutinous act, or to make or endeavour to make a mutinous assembly, may be imprisoned for life. I understand that the Ministry desires to have included provision for penalties against corporate bodies which may be found guilty of indictable offences. My amendment does that, the penalty being £1,000. Senator Collings has pointed out that this provision in the act has never been operated. Perhaps theexplanation is that the risk of imprisonment for life has proved an effective deterrent to persons who otherwise might become mischievous.


Senator Brennan - The Government will accept the amendment.







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