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Thursday, 6 May 1915

Mr JOSEPH COOK (Parramatta) . - I offer no objection to the passage of this little measure, but these Bills are multiplying until I am afraid we shall require a special codification of the law in order to put them in their proper setting. However, I understand that during war time things keep cropping up which require special powers to meet them, and that this is only another instance of the ineffectiveness of the present Federal laws to accomplish all tilings to make a State secure during war time, and see that the ordinary war precautions are carried out in their entirety. I understand that the Attorney-General now wishes to take power in order to deal more quickly with some pending cases than he would be able to exercise if he took them to a State Court. The honorable member knows best what he requires, and he must take the responsibility. We are not able to follow him through all the motives and reasons for this, among other things. In fact, he is not able to disclose the reasons for seeking this power. This is one of those cases in which we must trust the Government to use the power wisely and properly, with regard to matters arising out of the war. The Government require this power - otherwise they would not seek it in this peremptory and quick way - and I can offer no objection to the Bill. I presume that the provision that we discussed the other day in regard to the duration of this legislation for the currency of the war is provided for in th"e original Act of which this measure will form a part.

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