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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) ,- I would point out to the Committee that an ordinary fine can always be remitted by the Executive. Under clause 22, the Justice may prohibit the introduction of goods either absolutely or conditionally, or he may reduce the amount recoverable under the bond. Then, under this clause, the Executive have power to vary the prohibition, but they have no power to alter the fine which has been imposed. I do not see that Senator Keating's remarks had any bearing upon that point- If the Executive have power to rescind or vary the prohibition, why should they not have power to reduce the amount of the money penalty? It seems to me as if there has been an unintentional omission in this connexion.

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