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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr MAXWELL (Fawkner) (3:36 AM) . - I do not intend to speak at length on the bill. I rise to remind the Prime Minister that during the course of the debate some doubt has been expressed as to the wording of one of the clauses of the bill. It was suggested that clause 3 was so framed that any regulations made under it would be exempt from the operation of the Acts Interpretation Act. I think there is some foundation for the opinion, and I suggest that the Prime Minister might see his way to alter the clause slightly, so as to put the matter beyond all doubt. The right honorable gentleman has told us that it is the intention of the Government to apply the regulations in the ordinary way, and that they will be subject to the Acts Interpretation Act. I suggest, therefore, that the words " but subject to the Acts Interpretation Act " be inserted after the words "notwithstanding anything contained in any other act. " If this is done it will dispel any doubt as to the exact meaning of the provision.

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