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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I shall support the amendment. The impression which I have gained during the debate upon this Bill is that ac cording to the Ministerial view the Board will deal only with Tariff matters. That being so, even if no penalty were provided for the offence which is set out in this clause, sufficiently drastic punishment could be inflicted upon a recalcitrant individual by a reduction of the Tariff duties which have been imposed upon particular articles.

Senator Russell - Suppose that there are 100 manufacturers engaged in an industry, and that only one man refuses to produce the evidence' which is' required by the Board, should the other ninety-nine be penalized ?

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - The members of the Board would be well able to arrive at a decision upon the evidence of the ninetynine, and they would not need to bother about the testimony of the one individual. But I would point out that the Board are not expected to make a criminal of any person.

Senator E D MILLEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - No. The man makes himself the wrongdoer.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - And for his misdeeds he is to be punished upon the advice of the Board, and through the recommendation of the Minister to Parliament. I do not like the proposed penalty of £500, and I. suggest that the maximum penalty should be £100.

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