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Tuesday, 29 May 1984
Page: 2012


Senator ARCHER —My question is addressed to the Attorney-General. Is it correct that the Government's Green Paper, entitled 'The Trade Practices Act-Proposals for Change', was circulated to industry inviting comment? Will the Attorney- General advise the Senate whether any industry wrote in support of the abolition of section 45D or whether industry totally or substantially requested the retention of section 45D or its replacement giving industry a like or similar protection from disputes in which they are not active participants and ensuring that legal obligations fall on unions as well as industry?


Senator GARETH EVANS —A Green Paper was widely circulated among industry and interested persons in the community. I have not yet had a tabulated response prepared from my Department indicating the full range of views-they have been very widespread-that have been expressed on the Green Paper and, in particular, on section 45D. So I am not in a position to answer the honourable senator's question.