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Monday, 18 December 1905

Mr REID - May I take it that the Bill to be introduced by the Government will not continue this clause?

Mr Groom - I cannot say at this stage.

Mr REID - Surely the Government ought to have been able to make up their minds with regard to a. matter which has been fully debated in the Senate, and which has been before this Chamber for some time. The public are entitled to know of the attitude of the Government with regard to the clause. We are told that an opportunity will be afforded to deal with the matter. That opportunity must be given by means of a Bill rather than by a resolution, which would have no effect. Do the Government intend to introduce a Bill next session?

Mr Groom - I stated that an opportunity would be given to deal with the subject of the clause next session - that a Bill would be introduced-

Mr REID - What Bill?

Mr Groom - A Bill which the Cabinet will consider.

Mr REID - Is it to be a Bill dealing with copyright?

Mr Groom - It will deal with the subject of the clause.

Mr REID - Then the Government do intend to bring in a Bill to deal with the subject of the clause?

Mr Groom - Yes.

Mr REID - Then is it too much to ask what attitude they intend to take with regard to the clause?

Mr Groom - I cannot say at this stage.

Mr REID - Then, may I take it that the Government have not made up their minds as to whether or not they will sup port the principle of the clause?

Mr Groom - I have told the right honorable gentleman that it is impossible to say at this stage what the Bill will contain.

Mr REID - Will the Minister ask Mr. Watson ? .

Mr Groom - The right gentleman has had the most experience in that direction.

Mr REID - Not with Mr. Watson. Mr. McGowen led the party when I was in office.

Clause negatived.

Clause 35 agreed to.

Clause 36 (Copyright in artistic works).

Mr. BRUCESMITH (Parkes).The clause refers to artistic works "made" in Australia. That seems to be a very clumsy word to use in connexion with artistic work. " Produced " would be a better term.

Mr Groom - It is appropriate to speak of a photograph as having been "made."

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