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Wednesday, 19 May 1915

In Committee(Consideration resumed from 14th May, vide page 3201) :

Clause 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 -

1.   In this section, "enemy contract" means any contract -

(a)   to which an enemy subject is a party, or

(b)   in which an enemy subject has an interest, or

(c)   which is or is likely to be for the benefit of enemy subjects or of enemy trade.

2.   Any party to a contract may file with the Attorney- General of the Commonwealth a copy of the contract, and apply to the AttorneyGeneral of the Commonwealth for a declaration that the contract is or is not an enemy contract within the meaning of this section.

3.   If the Attorney-General declares that the contract is an enemy contract, then, upon the publication of his declaration in the Gazette, the contract shall be deemed to be an enemy contract.

4.   If the Attorney-General declares that the contract is not an enemy contract, then, upon the publication of his declaration in the Gazette, the contract shall be deemed not to be an enemy contract.

5.   Every enemy contract made before the commencement of the present war is hereby declared to be and to have been null and void, as from the commencement of the present war, as regards all rights and obligations thereunder except in relation to goods which had already been delivered or acts which had already been performed at that time.

6.   Every enemy contract made before or after the commencement of this Act, during the continuance of the present war, is hereby declared to be null and void and of no effect whatever.







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