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Tuesday, 29 July 1902

Sir EDWARD BRADDON (Tasmania) - Is there any particular sense in having this clause in the Bill ? It is sufficiently difficult to trace an actual offence under this measure, but to attempt to prove an attempt would be utterly impossible.

Mr Crouch - It is a very common provision in other Bills dealing with offences.

Sir EDWARD BRADDON - It may be so in regard to ordinary criminal acts, when an attempt can be very readily proved.

Mr Crouch - In this case there may be a criminal intent to commit an offence.

Sir EDWARD BRADDON - But the honorable member, from his long parliamentary experience, will know that it is impossible to reach a man who has made an ineffectual attempt to bribe or corrupt anybody.

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