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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- The Minister is adopting a surprising attitude. He will not agree to report progress to enable him to obtain the advice of his officers, but he persists in maintaining the view that he must have the right to upset a decision of a properly constituted court.

Senator Cameron - Acting on the advice of the Government.

Senator LECKIE - That interjection makes the Government's case worse. The Government could bring pressure to bear on the Minister and caucus could bring pressure to bear on the Government to upset the decision of a properly constituted court, which had taken evidence and decided on that evidence that a certain penalty should be inflicted. What is the use of having a court if its decision can be upset by the Minister?

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