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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr IRWIN (Mitchell) .- I think it is time that some common sense and realism was brought into the debate. All difficulties that occur are not in regard to agreements but because of snide trade practices. If the aggrieved people reported to the Commissioner, he would take sufficient action to correct the wrongs. In regard to registration of agreements, I remember a prosecution in England some four years ago when a company pleaded that to comply with the Act it would require a clerical staff in excess of that needed to carry on its normal business. One can see that these examinable agreements are going to frustrate the Commissioner and that no good purpose will come from them. What we want to get at in order to assist those people who are in the smaller classes of trading to get a fair deal are the snide trade practices. I appeal to the Attorney-General (Mr. Snedden) to endeavour to make this Bill as simple as possible. We have not given to industry and commerce the code of ethics that we think they should follow. We have not set out in a form that is easily understood those practices that we believe are not good and that we believe are against the public interest. We should have mentioned these things in this Bill and I appeal to the Attorney-General to give serious thought to the amendment moved by the honorable member for Moreton.

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