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Thursday, 7 November 1935

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - I am not clear as to the meaning of the phrase " or as to be likely to ". The Assistant Minister (Senator Brennan) stated that if a doubt exists the person before the court is given the benefit of that doubt. According to my interpretation of this phrase the court will be deprived of the opportunity to extend the benefit of the doubt to the accused. If the publication with which the court is concerned is without a doubt seditious, the person is guilty and sentenced accordingly; if, without a doubt, it is not seditious that is the end of the case and the person before the court is discharged. But where a" doubt exists that phrase will militate against the accused rather than in his favour.

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