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Friday, 3 November 1911

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - I move -

That the following proposed new section be insertedto follow the proposed new' section 61E : - 61F. Every summons to a defendant in any such prosecution as last mentioned shall have conspicuously printed upon the face of ita notice in the following terms : - " At the hear, ing of this information, or complaint, you must tender. or produce evidence, otherwise the statements above set forth will be taken as proved without the evidence of any witness or witnesses in support of the same. The penalty prescribed for the offence with which you are: charged is (here set forththe penalty).''

I move this amendment because I think the. proposed new section 6ie will be a deadletter, or it will result in a tremendous number of persons receiving summonses,' and not; realizing their "significance, being found guilty, when they ought not to be, or with., out having availed themselves of the ordi-. nary methods of fighting the charge. There, can, I think, be no possible objection tointimating to every recipient of a summons under the proposed new section61e, which will be quite different to any other summons they are likely to receive, the consequences which may follow.

Progress reported.

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