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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) .- I am entirely in sympathy with the Minister (Senator Pearce) in connexion with this clause, and also his interpretation of the words "colourable imitation." In trade and commerce a colourable imitation of an article infringing the Trade Marks Act is defined as such a thing as would deceive the unwary purchaser. I take it that a colourable imitation of an article of equipment or badge would be such a thing as would deceive the unwary observer, and so I am in accord with the Minister. But the clause also suggests possible complications in connexion with our rifle clubs. By virtue of regulations which have been issued to-day under the Defence Act, our rifle clubs become to some extent, if unofficially, part and parcel of the Defence scheme, inasmuch as they are being now recognised by the Defence Department.

Senator Pearce - They have always been.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Yes, but during the last twelve months there have been certain alterations in connexion with the subsidy paid by the clubs.

Senator Pearce -Rifle clubs are under the civil, not the military, side of the Defence Department.

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then I take it that this clause would not in any way interfere with rifle clubs.

Senator Pearce - No.

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