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Wednesday, 17 September 1958

Mr DOWNER (Angas) (Minister for Immigration) . - As I understand it, the intention of this provision is that a person so arrested will be given all the reasonable information to which he is entitled. That, certainly, is the underlying motive of the reform which I am seeking to introduce.

Clauses agreed to.

Clause 39- (1.) Where an order for the deportation of a person is in force, an officer may, without warrant, arrest a person . . . (3.) If a person arrested under this section claims that he is not the person in respect of whom the deportation order is in force, the officer having his custody shall ask him to make a statutory declaration to that effect and, if the person arrested makes such a declaration, take him before a prescribed authority within fortyeight hours after the making of the declaration or, if it is not practicable to take him before a prescribed authority within that period, as soon as practicable after that period, and, if the arrested person is not so brought before a prescribed authority, he shall be released.

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