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Thursday, 14 September 1911

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I hope that \he Committee will not agree to the amendment. We all recognise the difficulties which exist in preventing illegal practices such as smuggling.

Senator Rae - The common law will prevent that.

Senator DE LARGIE - The honorable senator might as well argue that the common law provides for what is contained in this Bill. We must give the water police certain powers, otherwise how are we to prevent the smuggling of articles such as opium ? I think that the provision is absolutely necessary, and hope that not one word of it will be altered.

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