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Wednesday, 25 August 1937

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My purpose in insisting on thi3 amendment is to ensure that the regulations have been supervised by a legal officer. Last year I was able to inform honorable senators that one-half of the regulations, which were then promulgated, had not been scrutinised by any legal officer. That statement was made by the SolicitorGeneral himself; admittedly most of the regulations were unimportant. In my opinion it is undesirable that such a position should be permitted to recur in future. If my amendment be accepted honorable senators will be certain that at least one legal officer will have seen any proposed regulations and certified that they are not hopelessly ultra vires the act under which they purport to have been made.

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