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Tuesday, 5 December 1905
Page: 6251

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was at my suggestion that the extension of time was -originally agreed to. I argued not that it would take that time to getmatters ready in the Department, but that there were many trade marks registered in the different States by people at the other end of the world; that there would be a rush to register existing trade marks under the Commonwealth law, and that success would depend very largely on getting in first. Therefore, I suggested that time should be given, so that it should not be said that we prevented any one now having a State registration, and entitled to Commonwealth registration, from obtaining it, and so that those not on the spot should have the same opportunity to place their case for registrar tion before the Registrar as would be given to others better situated. I also thought that time was required to enable the Governments of theStates to re-arrange their staffs. In my opinion, some such rearrangement will be necessary, because I do not think that the Commonwealth will take over all the States offices since, in many of these offices, the officials are doing other work besides attending to the registration of trade marks. I admit that the AttorneyGeneral, in accepting the amendment, said that he did so for another reason also.

Mr Isaacs - For another reason- not " another reason also."

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