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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) .- I move -

In proposed section 24ab, sub-section (1.), omit ", damage or impairment ", insert " or damage ".

The purpose of the proposal is to limit the act of sabotage to the destruction or damage of one of those articles. No instances have been given of what would be covered by " impairment " which is not already covered by " destruction or damage ". The Opposition believes that it should be a crime to damage or destroy any defence equipment. The term " impair " may have negative connotations which do not require intention. The terms which we seek to delete are too vague for us to support, and therefore I move that they be omitted.

Question put -

That the words proposed to be omitted (Mr. Whitlam's amendment) stand part of the proposed section.

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