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Friday, 23 March 1928

Senator McLACHLAN (South Australia) (Honorary Minister) . - Section 8 of. the principal act deals with -

All imported goods to which a trade description is by this Act or the regulations required to be applied and which are foundin

Australia in any package or covering in which they were imported and-

We have just eliminated under clause 2 the words " in any package or covering in which they were imported and " without the prescribed trade description shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been imported in contravention pf this Act or of the regulations as the case may be.

The amendment will enable the Act to apply to any goods specified by proclamation. Let me cite a typical instance to illustrate the need for this amending mea sure. Cricket balls are imported from India without any trade description being applied to them, and immediately they are branded in such a way as to lead the public to believe that they have been made in Australia. It is to meet such contingencies that the proposed new paragraph has been inserted, so as to enable the main provisions of the act to be operative.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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