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Thursday, 14 April 1904


Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister for External Affairs) . - I move -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This little measure which has already re- 'ceived the sanction of the Senate, is of an extremely useful, but simple character. If honorable members will look at the eleven clauses which it contains, they will find that each of them is an old friend, because they have been frequently included in the measures submitted for their consideration. The object of again introducing them in the form of this Bill is to place them upon the statute-book permanently, so that we may have the benefit of them in the various Acts to which they are applicable, without the necessity for repeatedly enacting them. For instance, we have become familiar with the form of drafting which was introduced by the right honorable member for Adelaide, in which the statement " Penalty, fifty pounds," at the foot of a section, indicates that that is the maximum penalty by which any breach of that particular section can be punished. In the same .way we have made provision time and again for distinguishing between indictable offences and offences which can be dealt with under summary jurisdiction. We have provided in a number of Acts that those aiding or abetting an offence, shall be liable to suffer for so doing, and that those who attempt to commit an offence shall be capable of being treated as if they .had committed, it. The last clause relates to the procedure by which regulations under- the various Acts may be adopted. If not challenged in either House within fifteen days after they have been laid on the table, they are sanctioned. These are all the provisions of the measure, and I think that the legal members of the House can assure honorable members generally that it contains nothing novel. We propose to enact' these provisions once and for all to save their continued repetition in other measures.







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