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Tuesday, 7 December 1965

Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes (CHISHOLM, VICTORIA) (1:21 AM) . - This amendment apparently is the answer to my previous question as to when stabilisation of an industry becomes restrictive trade practice. Apparently, so long as trade agreements relate only to primary products, they will be looked upon as stabilisation of industry, whereas in most other instances they will be deemed to be restrictive trade practices.

I think the proposed sub-clause is very badly and loosely drafted. It reads -

Regulations under this section may provide that all or any of the provisions of this Act shall not apply to or in relation to all or any agreements made by, or practices of, a specified organisation or body that performs functions' in relation to the marketing of primary products.

If it is left in that form, then I presume that those bodies that perform functions in relation to the marketing of primary products could enter into agreements to sell tractors and other things and still remain organisations or bodies performing "functions in relation to the marketing of primary products". I suggest that we should delete the words " performs functions " and' insert in their stead the words " in as far as their functions appertain to the marketing of primary products ". That would make it clear that the provision applies only to the marketing of primary products and not to agreements for the sale of tractors, harvesters, or something of that kind.

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