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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 992


Sir WILLIAM LYNE (Hume) (Minister of Trade and Customs) . - I have listened with a great deal of attention to the speech of the acting leader of the Opposition, and I agree with a great many things which he has said - especially with his last few remarks. There is no desire on my part, or on the part of the Government, to pass a Bill which would have the effect of diving down, even to the most minute detail, into every person's business. The object of the measure is to deal with the large and offensive combinations which may have been established up to the present, and which may in the future be established; and I shall be very glad indeed if honorable members can suggest amendments to -bring the 'Bill into line with that object, if it is not sufficiently clearly attained already.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I suggest the omission of paragraph b.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I do not think that that is advisable.


Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The clause is strong enough without it.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I do not reply to the honorable member for Parramatta in any spirit of antagonism, but I do hope that we shall make as rapid progress' as we can in dealing with the measure. We were all last night discussing one clause.


Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It embraced a good many things.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I quite admit that; but still I think that we might progress a little more rapidly than we have been doing. The object of this clause is that, where any serious combination is formed which is going to destroy, or seriously to injure, an industry in Australia, it shall be brought under the operation of this Bill. But the measure is not intended to operate, as the honorable member for Parramatta seems to think, between competitors. There will be the fullest scope for competition. I should be sorry indeed to find that the measure had the effect of interfering with ordinary competition in trade. It is designed for the purpose of preventing the destruction of industries. I think thatthe Bill, as improved, will carry out that intention. I beg to move -

That the word "wilfully," line 1, be left out. _ Mr. Joseph Cook. - There is no objection to that.


Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I intend tq follow this amendment by another one of greater importance.







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