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Wednesday, 28 November 1973

Senator MURPHY - I am aware of the accuracy of some of the statements made by the honourable senator. I will inquire as to the others. I remind the honourable senator that various restrictive and undesirable practices operate in the areas of trade and commerce. Increasing efforts are being made by all countries, including Australia, to cope legislatively and administratively with those practices. As the honourable senator is aware, in Australia legislation has been introduced in certain areas to deal with that matter. The Trade Practices Bill is before the Senate. There are various other ways in which such activities might be scrutinised. The honourable senator may recall that it was announced some time ago that Federal legislation would be introduced to cover travel agencies. I know that some legislation has been introduced and is operative in some of the States, but it is considered by this Government that there should be Federal legislation because of the implications in trade and commerce with other countries and among the States. For various other reasons there is a fount of constitutional power. That legislation is under preparation. I do not think that it will be introduced during this present sitting, but it is certainly expected that it will be introduced early next year. The Minister for Tourism and Recreation will be in charge of that legislation.

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