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Wednesday, 15 November 1905

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - The Bill is undoubtedly entitled to the praise given to it. I only wish it went a little bit further. I point out that in connexion with a measure which we have been discussing for some days past there is a clause incorporating it. with the Customs Act. We have in the two measures provisions which to some extent are counterparts one of another, but which nevertheless vary in some respects. For instance, the clause of the Commerce Bill relating to aiding and abetting offences is nearly word for word the same as a section of the Customs Act, except that the word " knowingly " has been added. That is an important addition to the law. There are, therefore, in two measures which are incorporated two provisions, one more drastic than the other. It would be desirable, in reprinting those Acts in the future, to make references to show that the two measures taken together are really one. I could give the Senate several illustrations of the differences between the clauses of the Commerce Bill and the sections of the Customs Act. As those measures are incorporated, I think that point might very well be considered bv Ministers, who are responsible for simplifying our legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee :

Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to.

Clause 3 amended (on motion by Senator Keating), and agreed to, as follows : -

There shall be printed upon the first page of every copy issued by the Government Printer of any Act which has before or after the commencement of this Act been amended, a short reference to every Act by which it has been amended.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments.

Senate adjourned at xo.33 p.m.

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