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Friday, 3 December 1965


Mr DALY (Grayndler) .- The honorable member for Sturt (Mr. Wilson) was good enough in the second reading debate on this measure to indicate broadly the attitude that he has expressed towards clause 41. He agreed to support this legislation only when the teeth had been removed from it. He said that the provision calling for compulsory registration of agreements, express or implied, was one of the most undesirable features of the Bill. Even at this stage the honorable member for Sturt is prepared to reduce still further the effect of this Bill by saying that he will oppose completely the compulsory registration of agreements. I do not remember the honorable member expressing sorrow at the compulsory registration of men to be sent abroad under the conscription proposals of the Government. I make that remark in passing.

Evidently the honorable member splits his ethics on these questions. When it is a matter of registering agreements for huge companies and monopolies which are prepared to exploit the people of this country, the honorable member says that it should be a voluntary process. Can honorable members imagine all these little men at the Adelaide Club, for whom the honorable member for Sturt speaks, gathering together to find out how they can save expense and to discuss what this provision of the Bill will mean to them? Imagine the semi-pensioners, the broken down corner storekeepers and others gathering in the Adelaide Club with the honorable member for Sturt and talking about expressed or implied agreements. Only recently the honorable member was crying about superannuation funds and the small people affected by the legislation in relation to those funds. This is a lot of humbug. The honorable member knows that the people for whom he is speaking today are the huge vested interests of this country whom he and others on his side of the Parliament represent. Every day of the week members on this side of the Parliament rise to speak for the small persons, the small shopkeepers and others. Members opposite, including the honorable member for Sturt, have been as silent as members of the Country Party have been in this debate.


Mr Snedden - This is the tenth time the honorable member has said this.


Mr DALY - That does not matter. The honorable member for Sturt has repeated again and again his argument as to what he stands for in this Parliament. He makes out that he is crying for the small shopkeeper







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