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Thursday, 12 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) . - Senator Payne's attitude seems to be, ' This man is sentenced for something ; good enough for him." I agree that the sentence may be passed and recorded in the records of the Court, and should be carried out; but if somebody in authority said to the officer in charge of the detention camp, " What right have you to detain these men here?" the officer should be able to produce the warrants in the prescribed form. Is the fact that he wears a khaki uniform to. be sufficient to give him authority to keep a man in a detention camp ?

Senator Duncan - How would they know when his term was up ?

Senator FOSTER - They usually know that well enough. The law says that the warrant shall issue, but Senator Payne contends that if the warrant does not issue it does not matter. His view is: " The Court says, ' Take him away for eight days ' ; that is near enough for us." We ask that the proviso be struck out. so that what is necessary to be done shall be done decently, properly, and in order.

Senator KEATING(Tasmania) [9.331. - What is the reason for the in,sertion of the proviso? Has the Department found from experience that the Courts have frequently convicted persons and not issued the necessary warrant to authorize their detention?

Senator PEARCE - There have been cases of that kind.

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