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Friday, 30 April 1915

Mr HUGHES (West Sydney) . - The power under this clause will be exercisable only by the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth. It is not proposed to delegate it.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 -

Section 72 of the principal Act is amended by inserting in sub-section (1), after the words "High Court or," the words "if the trial was had in the Supreme Court of a State."

Sub-section proposed to be amended -

When any person is indicted for an indictable offence against the laws of the Commonwealth, the Court before which he is tried shall, on the application by or on behalf of the accused person made before verdict, and may in its discretion, either before or after judgment without such application, reserve any question of law which arises on the trial for the consideration of a Full Court of the High Court, or ofaFull Court of the Supreme Court of the State.

Amendment (by Mr. Hughes) proposed -

That the words " the Supreme " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " a."

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