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Wednesday, 27 November 1935

Senator BRENNAN (Victoria) (Assistant Minister) . - The original act provides that the Attorney-General may require a suspected person to answer questions, furnish information, and allow the inspection of documents. The bill proposes to transfer that authority from the Attorney-General to a police, stipendiary or special magistrate. I give notice of my intention to move that paragraph d of sub-section 2 of proposed new section 30ab be left out and that the following new sub-section be inserted in its stead - " 3. Any person who gives any information required in pursuance of this section which is false in any particular shall be guilty of an offence." Paragraph d is governed by the introductory words " Any person who without just, cause (proof whereby shall lie upon him)". Under my proposal a person who is charged with having given false information will not be subject to the previsions of sub-section 2 in regard to the onus of proof.

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