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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- This provision is more tyrannical than previous clauses in its effect upon a State employee, because while they may have forced him to act disloyally to his employer, and, as a result, receive his dismissal this provision empowers the Treasurer or an authorized person to require a State employee under a threat of penalties of fine or imprisonment to answer questions or to produce documents. In other words, the Treasurer or an authorized person is to be empowered to submit a State employee to the " third degree." No police officer in New South Wales has the right to crossexamine even the worst criminal in respect of his actions. Every civilized community has disapproved of the third degree, yet it is to be permitted under this legislation so that the Commonwealth Government may more readily undertake the seizure of the revenues of New South Wales. It is going a little too far to give a Commonwealth officer power that is usually exercised only by the Crown Prosecutor or some other lawyer in a court of law. It is bad enough to impose on a man duties that test his loyalty to his employer and perhaps jeopardize his job, but it is worse, when he has been loyal to the State Government, to submit him to the third degree under threat of penalties in order to extract from him information that Commonwealth officers have not been smart enough to obtain otherwise.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 9 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.


Motion (by Mr. Lyons) put -

That the bill be now read a third time.

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