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Friday, 20 June 1902

Mr THOMSON (North Sydney) - This provision properlybelongs to Division VII., dealing with the revision courts. I do not see any reason why the constitution of the courts here provided for should be different from that of the revision courts contemplated by Division VII. Moreover, I do not see why the jurisdiction of justices of the peace should be restricted to the divisions in which they reside.

Mr Deakin - That is because in some cases - in Victoria, for instance - justices of the peace have jurisdiction only within certain bailiwicks.

Mr THOMSON - Then it is possible that a justice may have jurisdiction in one district and reside in another, and it appears to me that the clause as it stands is contradictory and confusing.

Mr. L.E. GROOM (Darling Downs).It is intended that the returning officer shall sit as a member of the special courts of revision provided for in this clause, because their functions are different from those of the ordinary courts of revision. At these special courts it is necessary to go through the whole of the lists, and therefore it is desirable that the returning officer should lend his assistance. At the ordinary courts of revision, the only cases dealt with are those in which objections are taken to the. inclusion of certain names in the list.

Mr Deakin - That is the reason for the difference in the constitution of the two courts.

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