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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator RUSSELL (Victoria) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The practice of the Board will be to rely, as far as -possible, upon the voluntary attendance of witnesses. However, there is force in the -point raised by Senator Elliott that an accused person should have the same right as under the common law to subpoena a witness. It will be well to postpone further consideration of the clause until the Grown Law authorities have been consulted.

Clause postponed.

Clauses 20 to 22 agreed to.

Clause, 23-

(1)   If any person served with a summons to attend the Board,when the summons is served personally, fails without reasonable excuse to attend the Board, or to produce any documents, books, or writings in Ms custody or control which he was required by the summons to produce, he shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty : Five hundred pounds.

(2)   It shall be a defence to a prosecution under this section for failing without reasonableexcuse to produce any documents, books, or writings, if the detendant proves that the documents, books, or writings were not relevant to the inquiry which the Board was making.

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