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Tuesday, 20 October 1903

Mr CONROY (Werriwa) - I have com- > pared this Bill with the English Act of : 1893, and I find that it is practically framed | upon the lines of that measure. The House, therefore, need entertain very little hesitation in assenting to it. The English Act has been found very useful, and has been the means of obviating a very great deal of inconvenience and annoyance. The objection which has been urged by the right honorable member for South Australia, Mr. Kingston, in regard to the term " public body " is, to my mind, a sound one. In the Acts Interpretation Act that phrase is not defined. The measure, however, sets out -

In any Act, unless the contrary intention appears - (a) " Person " and " party " shall include a body politic or corporate, as well as an individual.

There is no necessity, therefore, to define the term "public body," because we can achieve all that is required by substituting for it the word "person." I shall support the second reading of the measure, especially in view of the fact that legislation upon similar lines has been found very beneficial in England. The Prime Minister has also assured us that the Crown Law officers consider this Bill a necessary one. They must entertain the opinion that it will prove extremely useful at the present time, otherwise they would scarcely ask Parliament at this late period of the session to assent to it.

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