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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - The penalty under this clause is altogether too heavy. Such a fine, imposed for allowing a goat to wander on a railway, for instance, would be more than the goat was worth.

Senator Lt Colonel O'Loghlin - But the straying of a goat on a railway line might endanger the lives of many travellers.

Senator SENIOR - The punishment is altogether out of proportion to the offence. A penalty of £2 would he ample. I move -

That the word "five" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " two."

In an ordinary case of trespass the offending animal would be sent to the nearest pound, and the owner would have to pay only a few shillings to secure its release.

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