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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Mr SNEDDEN (Bruce) (AttorneyGeneral) . - Mr. Chairman, the Government does not accept the proposed amendment. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Whitlam) has given us again tonight the litany that we have heard from him several times already. I do not propose to respond to it. I wish merely to use this opportunity as it should be used at the Committee stage and to say that the proposed amendment is quite out of harmony with the Bill. The Committee has already accepted the proposition that the Commissioner of Trade Practices should be the only person who can take a matter to the Trade Practices Tribunal for determination. The amendment proposes that any individual may ask the Tribunal for an interim order. Quite clearly this does not accord with the pattern and ambit of the Bill or with the policy on which it is based. For these reasons the Government rejects the proposed amendment.

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