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Thursday, 14 September 1972
Page: 868

Senator James McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Attorney-General (Senator Greenwood) who is in charge of this Bill: In the light of what has been said in this debate about the dire effects on the administration of justice in the Australian Capital Territory, if this Bill is not passed - the effects on civil rights and on the administration of the criminal lav? - has the Attorney-General any sort of schedule or statement which would inform the Senate of just what is involved? Has be a list of ordinances or regulations which are invalidated if the decision of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory is held to be a correct decision? For example, has he any list of the people who are at present in gaol and of the offences for which they are in gaol? In other words, what would be the effect on the citizenry of this Territory if this Bill which he calls a validating Bil!, were not passed by this Parliament?

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