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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - Before the Bill is reported, I desire to say that during the second- reading debate a good deal was said on the subject of contempt. It is a very important matter in relation to this Bill. At this stage, I shall content myself by saying that some of the provisions are most undesirable. We have made repeated attempts to amend the Bill, with some success, I am glad to say; and as the Vice-President of the Executive Council has intimated that he has gone as far as he can go in respect to accepting amendments, I shall notobject to the report stage being taken, but express the hope that the honorable senator will bring under the notice of the AttorneyGeneral the criticisms made in respect of the point to which I have alluded.

Bill reported with amendments.

Standing Orders suspended, and Bill passed through its remaining stages.

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