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Thursday, 21 May 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The wording has been taken from the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1905. There is considerable conflict of opinion as to the limits of the territorial waters of any country. Our understanding of the term has always been that it means the waters to a distance of 3 miles from the shore, but, having regard to the provisions of the Constitution, the territorial waters of the Commonwealth may extend further. A former Attorney-General, who is now Chief Justice of the High. Court, expressed an opinion on the subject some time ago, but even that opinion was not accepted by all parties. Australia has jurisdiction over the waters within the 3-mile limit at all events, and it may be that its jurisdiction extends beyond that limit. Whatever the. extent of the territorial waters of the Commonwealth may be in law, the Government desires to have jurisdiction over them in relation to wireless communications.

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