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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) .- To my mind the explanation advanced by Senator Trenwith is not altogether a satisfactory one. I asked the Minister the reason for what appears to be an omission, but instead of replying to my question, he referred me to another clause, and pointed out the difference between a judicial determination of the question of whether an offence had been committed and the issue of an order prohibiting the importation of goods.

Senator Keating - I said that the question of the amount recoverable under the bond was more of a judicial than a political one.

Senator DRAKE - Senator Trenwithhas given a possible explanation of this matter, but I do not know that it is the proper explanation. I propose, therefore, to test the feeling of the Committee, and I move -

That the following words be added : - " or may reduce the amount recoverable by order of the Justice under any bond."

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 24 -

In all cases of prohibition the determination of the Justice, and any proclamation affecting the same, shall be laid before both Houses of the Parliament within seven days after the publication in the Gazette, or, if the Parliament is not then sitting, after the next meeting of Parliament.

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