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Friday, 15 September 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I would suggest to the Minister of Defence that in this clause we ought to make it clear that these very wide powers are to be exercised only as required by the Act. I admit that the powers enumerated are necessary ; but we have to recollect that they are exceedingly wide powers, which the Minister ought to exercise only for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of the Act. Consequently, I suggest that we ought to insert in the clause some words to make it clear that these great powers are given only for a specific purpose. Under clause 408, it is provided that any person authorized by the Minister may search any vessel in any port whenever he believes the search to be necessary " for the clue performance of his duty under this Act." Why should not the same restriction be placed on the Minister in this clause? That is all I am suggesting.

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