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Tuesday, 7 December 1965


Mr KILLEN (Moreton) (12:36 PM) .I move -

After paragraph (b) of sub-clause (4.), insert the following paragraph: - " (c) the agreement concerned was in the public interest ".

I will not advance any argument with respect to this amendment; I think it is self explanatory. I believe the present provision should allow scope for individuals who can be caught within its extremely wide ramifications to come along and say: "What we did was in the public interest," and that it should impose on them the entire burden of showing that it was in the public interest. Honorable members have adverted to the circumstances in which some people find themselves. Prima facie what has been described may appear to be collusive tendering. Technically speaking, no doubt it is, but if we were to peer behind the scenes we would find that these people are not committing any crime against the community. They should be given an opportunity to show that what they are doing is not injurious to the public welfare.







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