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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I do not see that the marginal note to this clause misleads the Committee in any serious way, because, when all is said and done, a marginal note does not explain any principle, but is merely a guide as to the origin of the clause to which it is attached. 0We must have an officer to administer new legislation, and this clause simply provides that there shall be a Copyright Office. Senator Keating has discovered a very small mistake, which can easily be remedied.

Senator Keating - I only quoted it as an instance of the casualness with which the whole measure has been handled.

Senator DE LARGIE - The error is so trifling that I do not think it was worth while to draw attention to it.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [8.51],- Senator de Largie may try to minimize the objection raised by Senator Keating-

Senator McGregor - We are all very much obliged to him.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD. - I am glad to know that. I want honorable senators to realize that the value of a marginal note is in indicating that the provision to which it is attached has already been passed by the Imperial Parliament, or this Parliament, at an earlier date. But apparently some of the marginal notes in this Bill are worthless, because they are misleading.

Senator Keating - Clause 22 of this Bill is not related to section 10 of any Act, but to section 25 of our Act of 1905.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD. - That accentuates the way in which honorable senators are being misled by these marginal notes.

Senator McGregor - Senator Keating has been misleading the honorable senator, because the clause relates to section 10 of our Act of 1905.

Senator ALBERT GOULD (NEW SOUTH WALES) -Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD. - That may be so. If marginal notes are correct, they are of very great assistance; but if they are incorrect, they are misleading to honorable senators who have not the time to look up the various Acts referred to, to prove their falsity and incorrectness. I think that the principal object of Senator Keating was to point out how necessary it is that an indication of this character should be reliable and not deceptive. _

Senator McGregor - It is only an indication that honorable senators should be alert.

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