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Friday, 30 April 1915

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) . - Is the power to be exercised by the Attorney-General only, or may it be exercised by those persons whom he has authorized to act on his behalf under section 69 of the Judiciary Act, which provides -

Indictable offences against the laws of the Commonwealth shall be prosecuted by indictment in the name of the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, or of such other person as the Governor-General appoints in that behalf.

I understand that the Crown Law officers are already authorized to act on behalf of the Attorney-General in ordinary criminal jurisdiction, and I desire to know whether those officers will, under the Bill, have power to prosecute, or whether that power will be confined to the AttorneyGeneral ?

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