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Tuesday, 26 November 1974
Page: 2768

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) -I would hope that the Attorney-General might address himself to clause 19 sub-clause (3). This is a clause which is like the one he has just had inserted in clause 18 with regard to restraint upon proceedings in courts of summary jurisdiction. It is a provision under which by proclamation a date may be fixed as the date on and after which proceedings may not be instituted in the Supreme Court of a State or a Territory. That, I appreciate, is consistent with what is being done in regard to Courts of Petty Sessions. It is fair enough I suppose that you shut out the Supreme Court from hearing these matters but what worries me- I would ask the AttorneyGeneral to explain what he has in mind- is why conditions are attached. Apparently, as the final words of clause 19 sub-clause (3) indicate, the proceedings may be instituted or transferred where specified conditions are complied with, and the proclamation may be expressed to apply only to proceedings of specified classes and may be expressed to apply only to the institution of proceedings in particular registries. What is the intention or purpose in having a power to pick and choose what matters and what courts will be available?

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