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Friday, 25 September 1936

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - Senator McLeay and I pointed out on the second reading that while provision was made by this bill that no rights should be taken awa,' and no penalties should be imposed the future, it did not apply the same principle to the past. The Government complained then that Senator McLe.. r and those who supported his view, tr ., the past should be treated in the same way as it was intended to treat the future, were adopting a most radical attitude. But the amendment now proposed by the Minister will have the same effect as was sought in the amendment which Senator McLeay foreshadowed. In other words, the Government made a tremendous fuss when this matter was first raised, but it has now done exactly what we desired.

Senator Brennan - Not at all; the amendment foreshadowed was to strike out sub-section 2 of proposed new section 48.

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES - The amendment was designed to ensure that the position as to rights and liabilities in respect of the past should not differ from what would be created for the future if proposed new section 48 were carried. I am glad that the Government has proposed this amendment, which will make tho position in respect of the past just as satisfactory as it will be in respect of the future.

Amendment agreed to.

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