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Friday, 13 August 1920


Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I entirely agree with the honorable member. There must be some penalty for the disclosure of information that is given under a pledge of secrecy. I refer honorable members to the words in clause 16, that " any act or omission on the part of any person which would, if the hearing or inquiry were the hearing of an industrial dispute before the Court, be an offence against the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904-1S, shall be an offence against this Act." I am inclined to think that those words meet the point raised by the honorable member for Flinders. ' Whatever we think of penalties in general we cannot allow the financial position or trade secrets of companies or persons to be disclosed to the Tribunal under cover of secrecy and then given to the public.







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