No. The marine telegraphs or cables were brought under the operation of the Telegraphs Act in 1875, and in 1875 the legislature used the word ' hereafter,' because the first cables came into operation that year. In 1886, parliament in revising the statutes again used the word * hereafter,' inadvertently. As a statute goes into force from the date of its being passed it must be read from that date, so that the cables in operation before that date would not be included under the operation of the Telegraphs Act. The same error was committed a few years ago when our statutes were revised, and this is only to correct that mistake.
Bill reported, read the third time and
Subtopic: TELEGRAPHS ACT AMENDMENT.