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177.

The Attorney-General also said that the regulation

would not come into force until 1 December 1975. This

would give societies affected by the regulation sufficient

time to cease the practice or to seek authorizations from

the Trade Practices Commission.

CANBERRA ‘

October 1, 1975

68/75

LEGAL AID BILL

The Attorney-General, Mr. Kep. Enderby, Q.C., said

today he was outraged at the decision of the Opposition to

delay the passage of the Legal Aid Bill through the Parliament.

Mr. Enderby said the Bill seeks to give the Australian

Legal Aid Office statutory backing as an independent body to

provide legal advice, assistance and representation to needy

people in the community.

"It is to be hoped that Liberal Senators who have

expressed their support for the Legal Aid Office - including

those Liberal Members who have asked for Legal Aid Offices in

their electorates - will oppose this shoddy, back-door attempt

to kill off a major and much-needed initiative of the Australian

Government."

Mr. Enderby said the decision to seek to refer the

Legal Aid Bill to a Senate committee was part of the pattern

of Liberal politics in Australia.

"We have seen this technique used before - the

technique of trying to bury a Bill when the Opposition lacks

the conviction or the courage to vote against a popular

measure on the floor of the Senate," he said.

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"But let there be no doubt about it. A decision to

defer the Bill will be regarded by the Government as a failure

to pass, within the meaning of Section 57 of the Constitution.

"This latest action must be seen in the light of

Mr Fraser's statement in the House on 26 August, 1975,,that an

Opposition Budget would have abolished the Australian Legal Aid

Office. 1

"No amount of verbal gymnastics from Opposition

spokesmen can disguise the fact that they are opposed to the

Legal Aid Office on principle, and that they cannot see the

need for special measures to protect the needy, the underĀ­

privileged and the inarticulate."

Canberra

October 7, 1975

69/75

DEATH OF MR BRIAN ARTHUR

Over 100 people today attended the funeral of

Mr Brian Barry Arthur, a senior officer of the Business

Affairs Division of the Attorney-General1s Department.

Mr Arthur, 57, of McCormack Street, Curtin, died

suddenly at his home early on Thursday morning.

Mr Arthur was the Chairman of the Companies Auditors

Board of the Australian Capital Territory and several times

acted as the Registrar-General of the A.C.T. Last year, he was

appointed an Inspector to investigate the activities of

a company registered in Norfolk Island.

A Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide,

he joined the Deputy Crown Solicitor's Office in Adelaide

in 1963 after serving for 27 years in the Public Service in

South Australia.