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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) - The AttorneyGeneral promised, when we reached this clause, to consider the desirableness of placing the administration of this measure in the hands of a lawyer, instead of the Commissioner of Patents, who is not a member of the legal profession.

Mr Isaacs - Under sub-clause 2, we must start by placing the Bill in the hands ofthe Commissioner of Patents. Then the Governor-General may, at any time, " otherwise determine"

Mr WILSON - What I want to show is that the administration of such a technical measure as this is--

Mr Watson - It is not nearly so technical as is the Patents Act.

Mr WILSON - The honorable and learned member for Wannon has been showing that, in the opinion of those having business to transact with the Department, the Commissioner of Patents ought to be a legally qualified man. It is almost impossible for a gentleman having no legal training to deal with patents and trade marks.

Mr Watson - I know of men who, although they are not lawyers, have a better knowledge of the patents law than have most legal men.

Mr McCay - It is a very good rule to give all the good billets to the lawyers.

Mr WILSON - I am not regarding the matter from that point of view. My contention is that if the administration of this measure were placed in the hands of a lawyer, the procedure would not only be expedited, but cheapened, to the great advantage of thepublic. I am also of opinion that we should provide for the appointment of a deputy registrar in each State.

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