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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator FRASER (Western AustraliaMinister for External Territories) . - Both in committee and in mv second-reading speech I pointed out that this provision will obviate the necessity for two courts - one to inquire into casualties, and the other to determine the punishment to be meted out to offenders. Recently, a magistrate and his assessors had to determine the nature of, and the responsibility for, a marine accident. The same court could have determined whether the persons concerned were guilty or not guilty of the offence charged against them, but the present act does not permit of that being done. The chairman of a court of marine inquiry, with his two assessors heard the case and found that certain things had been done. Then he adjudicated again, and had to pass sentence on the accused persons.

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