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Wednesday, 2 November 1910

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) . - It seems to me that this provision as to forfeiture is entirely unjust and unwarranted. With the exception of treason, there is no other offence under the law of Great Britain or Australia in respect of which a man's land may be forfeited. A man may commit a murder without being dispossessed of his property.

Senator Pearce - The Customs Act provides for the forfeiture of a man's goods under certain circumstances.

Senator McCOLL - But in no other case save that of treason is provision made for the forfeiture of the offender's land. With the Leader of the Opposition, I can only protest against this clause, which I believe to be utterly unfair, and with that protest I must content myself.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 70 to 72 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

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