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Wednesday, 31 July 1912

Senator PEARCE - The Bill now before Parliament is not retrospective, and therefore will only affect cases which occurred after the 30th June last. The prosecutions now taking place relate to non- performance of statutory parades for the year ending 30th June last. I am in consultation with the Attorney-General as to the course of action to be taken regarding the cases before the Court. It is obvious that in some instances an injustice is being inflicted because of the minimum fine being fixed at £5 by the previous Act. I shall have a statement to make in the course of a few days. It is not proposed in the present Bill to deal with cases before the Courts.


Appointment of Mr. H. Chinn.

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