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Thursday, 7 November 1935

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - The explanation of the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) does not touch the question raised by the Opposition. Section 25 of the existing act begins " Any person who knowingly attempts"-

Senator Sir George Pearce - Under that provision an accused person has only to say that he does not know of the act which he is charged with having committed.

SenatorCOLLINGS. - The proposal now is to substitute for section 25 a new section which begins " Any person who publishes any book, periodical, pamphlet, handbill, poster, or newspaper containing any matter of such a nature as to, or as to be likely to . . . " The Opposition objects to the words " or as to be likely to" because it places too great a power in the hands of the Government.

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