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Wednesday, 18 November 1959

Mr JOSKE (Balaclava) .- In view of the remarks made by the honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Killen) I feel that I should come into the debate on paragraph (b) of clause 27. The honorable member for Moreton referred to the Law Council bill and made it appear, no doubt unintentionally, that I was not in accord with the Law Council bill. That, of course, as no doubt many honorable members know, is not correct, because I was one of the framers of the Law Council bill, and that bill was based upon the bill which was submitted to the Attorney-General of the day, the present Leader of the Opposition (Dr. Evatt), by a committee that he appointed, consisting of Mr. Justice Toose, Mr. Alderman, K.C., as he was then, and myself.

It is quite true that the bill which I presented to the House as a private member's bill was not entirely in accordance with the Law Council bill. Without my going into details as to why that came about, I think that most honorable members are aware that the circumstances of my bringing in the bill as a private member's bill compelled me to make it a conservative bill. However, when I made it a conservative bill I was well aware that this House would have full power to amend it, and I would not have been unhappy if the House had amended the bill so as to bring it into accord with the terms that the AttorneyGeneral has included in the present bill.

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