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Thursday, 3 March 1932

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- The clause gives to the Commonwealth power to ask State officers to produce certain papers and documents. I do not agree that this legislature has not a right to impose duties on State officers but, where possible, it should avoid doing so. There is no need for the power conferred by the clause, because the production of documents could be secured by order of the court.

Mr Lyons - The documents, may be wanted before a case reaches the court We may want to ascertain what amounts have to be paid by the Commonwealth on behalf of a State.

Mr SCULLIN - I have it in mind that an officer of the South Australian

Government was ordered by a court to produce certain documents. Acting under instructions from his Minister he refused to do so, and was sent to prison. But an order of the court for the production of documents is different from a demand by a government or its officers for the production of documents by the officers of another government.

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