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Wednesday, 25 March 1942

Senator ASHLEY (New South Wales) (Postmaster-General and Minister for Information) £10.31]. - I recognize the importance of the statement made to-night by Senator Sampson. The Government definitely intended that leases should be included. The decision given by a judge to-day will be reviewed, and, if necessary, regulations will be .promulgated to cover leases.

Senator McLeay - Will consideration be given to the other suggestions that have been made?

Senator ASHLEY - I am not in a position -to reply to that question. The chief argument advanced by the Opposition has referred to the right of appeal, but appeals involve endless delays. I can visualize the case of a storekeeper, who, although not in a strong financial position, might be involved in a dispute over a neon sign, and might have to follow the matter as far as the Privy Council.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Appeals could be limited to the High Court, or even to the Supreme Court of a State.

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