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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - For a very long time the Opposition have been labouring with some persistency, not merely with regard to this measure, but with regard to others, to delete some of their most obnoxious principles. Our efforts have not generally met with any measure of success. It is satisfactory that on this important matter, to which attention has been drawn by several speakers on this side, as well as in another place, the Government have at last thought well to depart from their obvious desire to break down the principle of trial by jury. I am naturally pleased that even at this late hour they have hesitated to carry out the proposal which was evidently in their mind. I hope that by adopting the suggestion of the Opposition they will make it clear that in the future there will be no attempt to put in the hands of a single Judge that power which hitherto has been regarded as properly vested in a jury, and a jury alone.

Senator McGregor - Hear, hear.

Amendment agreed to.

Proposed new section, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new sections 6k to 6n similarly amended and agreed to.

Proposed new sub-section 6(O) agreed to.

Progress reported.

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