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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) . - I would not have risen but for what was said by the honorable member for Cunningham (Mr. Connor), who apparently does not yet understand the British Act. Perhaps somebody will correct me if I am wrong, but I understand that under the British Act there is no provision for compulsory registration of all agreements. As I understand the British Act, the Board of Trade is given power to determine the dates upon which various classes of agreement shall become registrable.

Mr Snedden - There is a blanket requirement.

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - For certain trades, but not for all. There is no requirement to register every agreement.

Mr Snedden - If that is the only point the honorable member is making, I am about to explain the position.

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) - There is another point. As I understand the English Act, it does not make failure to register a criminal offence but it does make failure to comply with a notice from the Registrar that an agreement must be registered a criminal offence. There is a great difference between that and what is implied by clause 43. I should like the Attorney-General to say whether little suburban agreements are included in the phrase " implied or informal " because it seems to me that under the present definition every butcher, baker and candlestick maker will be dragged within the compass of this measure. I do not think that is either necessary or desirable.

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