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Friday, 3 October 1902


Mr CROUCH (Corio) - I desire to ask the Attorney-General whether this Act will be retrospective? Two years have already elapsed since the inauguration of the Commonwealth, and during that time some claims against the Government must have arisen. Unless the Bill be retrospective they cannot be enforced even in view of clause 2. The claims therein referred to will be read as future claims.


Mr Reid - We could not have wider words than those in clause 2, " Any person making any claim."

Clause agreed to.

Clause 2 -

(1   ) Any person making any claim may set out the particulars of the claim in a petition to the Governor-General praying him to appoint a nominal defendant on behalf of the Commonwealth ....

(2)   The Governor-General may, if he thinks fit, appoint any person to be a nominal defendant accordingly.







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