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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr DOWNER (Angas) (Minister for Immigration) . - I should imagine - although T- would not like to be held to this - that the Acts Interpretation Act would apply, in a case such as this, that the terms would be interchangeable, and that " wife " could be read as "spouse". The honorable gentleman is asking me to give, as it were, an off-the-cuff legal opinion on the matter,, but I should think there would be some grounds for substantiating the view I have expressed.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to.

Clause 21- (1.) Where the Minister has ordered the deportation, of a person by virtue of, or by reference to, sub-section (1.) of section six, paragraph (c) of sub-section (3.) of section eight, or paragraph (a) of sub-section (1.) of section sixteen, of this Act, an authorized officer may, by notice in writing, require the master, owner, agent or charterer of the vessel in which, the deportee arrived, in Australia to remove him from Australia without charge to the Commonwealth. (4.) It is a defence to a prosecution in respect of a failure to comply with a requirement under subsection (I.) of this section if the defendant proves that he gave reasonable notice to an authorized officer of his willingness to receive the deportee on board a specified vessel at a specified port on a specified date for removal' from Australia and the deportee was not made available at that port on that date in the, custody of an officer for placing on. board that vessel.

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