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Friday, 11 May 1928

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- It appears to me that the penalty provided is much too severe. Surely if a man's licence is cancelled for a contravention of the act or failure to comply with any of the terms or conditions of his licence he is sufficiently punished.

Mr Gregory - The maximum penalty is £100.

Mr SCULLIN - Although that may be so, I think that it is too severe.

Mr Paterson - It is in conformity with the penalties provided in our export control legislation.

Mr SCULLIN - But in this case there is an alternative, while in the other I do not think that there is one. In this case a man may have his licence cancelled. The proposal is too drastic. Sub-clause 2 of the clause should be omitted. I presume that a person would have to appear before a court before he could be fined for the offence contemplated in the clause.

Mr Paterson - I do not think that that would be necessary.

Mr SCULLIN - Then that makes the proposal the more serious. It places considerable power in the hands of the prescribed authority which is being set up.

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