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Wednesday, 27 November 1935

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - There appears to be two questions involved in this proposed new section. First, there is the general purport of the section, which is that any person who has knowledge or information relating to an unlawful association shall be compelled to divulge it. To that the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) object's. The second question is that of the onus of proof.

I cannot see anything very reprehensible in this provision. Indeed, there are other clauses in the bill which are more arguable than this one. Clause 7 does not provide that, if in the opinion of the Attorney-General, some person has in his possession information relating to an unlawful association he should be " hung, drawn and quartered," but only that he shall answer certain questions put to him.

Senator Brown - Supposing he has not the information?

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