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Tuesday, 30 June 1903

Mr KIRWAN (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - By way of explanation, I should like to refer briefly to what the honorable and learned member for South Australia, Mr. Glynn, has said. My proposal is simply that an addition should be made to the new clause, so as to provide that -

A copy of the depositions on which the prisoner is committed shall be furnished by the clerk to every prisoner as soon as possible after his committal, and there shall at the same time be given to him the prescribed form, together with a notice that if he is without, means to prepare his defence he may apply to a Judge in Chambers for the appointment of a counsel for his defence.

That would not mean any additional expense, but would simply lead to a prisoner being notified that such a course was open to him.

Mr GLYNN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) -The honorable member did not originally read his proposal in that way.

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