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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) (12:16 PM) . - The reason for the use of the permissive word " may " is that there may be some matters before the Tribunal which are not readily provable on oath. For instance, there may be extracts from learned journals, minutes of meetings, extracts from annual reports and things of that kind. This provision in respect of an administrative tribunal is common. I must say to the honorable member f<\ McMillan (Mr. Buchanan) that my experience of tribunals of this kind is that, there is a judicial presiding officer, the rules of evidence are almost always obeyed and almost always the evidence is taken on oath.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 73 and 74 - by leave - taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 75.

The Tribunal as constituted for the purposes of any proceedings in which evidence may be taken may authorize a member to take evidence for the purposes of the proceedings on its behalf, with such limitations (if any) as the Tribunal so constituted directs and, where such an authority is given -

(a)   that member may take evidence accord ingly; and

(b)   for the purposes of this Act, that member shall, in relation to the taking of evidence in accordance with the authority, be deemed to constitute the Tribunal

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