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Friday, 3 December 1965

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Failes (LAWSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Order! I suggest that the honorable member for Grayndler come back to the clause under discussion.

Mr DALY - I will speak about the clause. The honorable member for Sturt has stated that he does not want agreements under clause 41 (1.) compulsorily registrable. He has based his case on the fact that the small people in the community will be affected by this provision. But I say that he is speaking for the big people in this country and that, because of this, he deserves to be criticised as strongly as possible on this issue.

I would like to know what small people he was referring to. He did not mention the names of any small people. Where are the small people who, he suggests, will want this avalanche of lawyers and legal advice? He knows as well as I do that those who want this advice are companies or organisations like the Broken Hill Pty. Co. Ltd., I.C.I, and others of that type.

Mr Whitlam - And the oil companies.

Mr DALY - Yes, the oil companies too. Can honorable members imagine companies like those having implied agreements? Do honorable members think that when these companies propose a monopoly of an industry they reach agreement over a beer, a glass of Scotch or something like that? Of course they do not. These agreements are written into documents as big as the one from which I read out facts about the shipping combines and other companies a few moments ago. There is no reason why every agreement should not be registered and why registration should not be compulsory in accordance with the terms of this Bill. If there is any reason to commend the Attorney-General on this Bill - and judging by the attitude of his supporters he is receiving little commendation from them - it is that this clause shows that he has common sense in regard to the compulsory registration of agreements.

I submit that there should be no support for the attitude of the honorable member for Sturt for the simple reason that it is necessary that these agreements should be registered. If the registration is left on a voluntary basis, it will not be done. I am not at all moved by cries from the honorable member for Sturt about the small people because he is speaking for the members of the Adelaide Club and those huge wealthy interests in the community which are, like the honorable member for Sturt and other honorable members, speaking against this Bill now before the Parliament.

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