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Friday, 13 July 1906

Mr ROBINSON (Wannon) .-I hold that complaints under this Bill should be limited to persons who allege that they are suffering from unfair competition. These individuals should be compelled to put their complaints in writing. Officers of the . Department should not be permitted to transform themselves into advocates for any particular manufacturer or producer.

Mr Bamford - The same argument might be applied to any Customs House officer at the present time.

Mr ROBINSON - But the complaint which is usually made by Customs officers is that some person is attempting to defraud the revenue. Under the clause in its present form, a special privilege is to be granted to persons lodging complaints. Unless we insist that they shall put their complaints in writing, backstairs influence must inevitably creep in.

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