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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - Under clause 75, which deals with false returns or certificates by officers in high positions, the punishment for the offence is imprisonment for two years. The offence covered by that clause is a much more serious offence than the one with which the Committee is dealing. Here, if a mere youth fails to do certain bookkeeping work, he will be liable to imprisonment for seven years. In the other case, an officer in a responsible position who fails to do his duty will be liable to be imprisoned for only two years. I think that the Minister would be well advised to reverse the penalties, and so make the punishment commensurate with the offence in each case.

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