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Thursday, 30 August 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - Of course, the intention of the draftsman was to make the clause provide that the proclamation should be laid before both Houses of Parliament within seven days after the publication of the same in the Gazette, if Parliament were in session, and if it were not, within seven days after its next meeting. In its present form, however, the clause provides that the proclamation shall be laid before both Houses of Parliament within seven days after its publication in the Gazette, and if Parliament be not sitting, at any time after it does assemble. I would point out that in the Electoral Act,' the Property for Public Purposes Acquisition Act, the Excise Act, and the Customs Act, a different form of expression is employed.

Senator Trenwith - It is obviously a. draftsman's error.

Senator MILLEN - I move -

That after the word " sitting," line 6, the following words be inserted : - "within seven days."

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 25 agreed to.

Clause 26 -

1.   Any person who wilfully -

(a)   makes to the Comptroller-General or to any officer of Customs any false statement in relation to any action or proceedings taken or proposed to be taken under this Part of this Act; or

(4)   misleads the Comptroller-General in any particular likely to affect the discharge of his duty under this Act; shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty : One hundred pounds.

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