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§ 328. “In Any Matter.”

These words mean, evidently, “in any class of matter.” It is not intended that the Parliament should have power to legislate in respect of particular matters of litigation, but that it should be able to extend the original jurisdiction of the High Court to any class or classes of matters coming within the scope of this section. The reason for using the singular “any matter” instead of the plural “all matters” is apparently to avoid the possibility of construing the section to mean that the Parliament must give the whole of this jurisdiction or none.

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