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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr WHITLAM (Werriwa) (12:58 PM) . - I move -

At the end of sub-clause (3.) add "or made at any time before the date of commencement of this Act".

The object of this amendment is to make it clear that the obligations under clauses 41 and 42 of the Bill apply to agreements " made at any time before the date of commencement of this Act ". My colleagues and I felt that it was a permissible and, indeed, probable construction of clauses 41 and 42 that agreements would have to be registered or particulars would have to be furnished only where the agreements became examinable after the Act came into effect. This certainly is an interpretation which has been canvassed among members of the legal profession who have been scrutinising the Bill in the last six months. I believe it is certain that the Government intends that all agreements already in existence and still in existence when the measure becomes law shall be registered and that particulars of those agreements shall be furnished. Accordingly, I propose the amendment to make quite plain what I apprehend to be the Government's intention.







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