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Thursday, 14 April 1904

Mr GLYNN (Angas) - Doubtless many of the provisions in this Bill which are found in State legislation should be passed, but one or two of them are of considerable importance. I do not know why we are asked to include in this measure provisions which ought to be found in a criminal code, unless it be that there are so few penalties that we can impose that it is considered desirable to provide for them in. this way. The provisions of clauses 7 and 8 properly belong to a criminal code rather than to an Interpretation Bill, because they provide for penalties following convictions. They are not mere interpretations of terms.

Mr Deakin - Strictly speaking, the honorable and learned member is correct. They are simply provided for in this way as a matter of convenience.

Mr GLYNN - Quite so. In my opinion, however, clause 11 should be amanded. It proposes to perpetuate the old and erroneous method of prescribing that regulations shall be adopted, unless within fifteen days after they have been laid upon the table of either House a motion is passed disallowing them.

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The time allowed is insufficient.

Mr GLYNN - As a rule there is no time to take action. It rests with the Government of the day to say whether the proposed regulations shall be adopted, and as they are responsible for them, they naturally propose to allow them to pass. It is left to a private member to challenge them. He has to give notice of motion, and perhaps two months elapse before the motion can be considered, so that it is impossible for him to take effective action. I mention these matters in the belief that although we may push this measure through all its stages at a rapid rate, the Prime Minister will take an opportunity to consider them.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee :

Clauses 1 to 4 agreed to.

Clause 5 (Offences punishable by summary conviction).

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