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Thursday, 7 November 1935

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I do not assume that this bill has been introduced to make the Crimes Act more merciful than before.

Senator Brennan - In some respects, it has that effect.

Senator COLLINGS - My criticism of the bill is based on the belief that it has been introduced to make the existing legislation more severe. Sub-section 3 of proposed new section 9a reads -

Any direction of the Attorney-General given in pursuance of this section may be given subject to such terms and conditions (if any) as the Attorney-General thinks fit.

The bill gives to the Attorney-General the right to decide whether condemned goods shall, or shall not, be returned, and in the case of goods which are returned to impose conditions. I can conceive of circumstances arising which would make those conditions unsatisfactory to the owner of the goods.

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