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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - The remarks of Senator Barker have convinced me that the position which I have taken up is the right one. He sought to justify an attempt to create new crimes. Under the existing law, if a man be found anywhere for an illegal purpose, he may be arrested. But here we seek to create artificial crimes. I protest against the clause, and I move -

That after the word " board," Vine 4, the words "or remain alongside or hover near" be left out.

To suggest that no man who does not wear a tall hat and broadcloth should be permitted to go near a vessel is ridiculous.

Senator Millen - I do not think that the top hat is a distinguishing feature.

Senator RAE - In this clause we go to great lengths, and yet we are not definite. What is the meaning of the words " hover near " ? They almost imply that a man was a bird of ill omen.

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