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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 1038

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The Attorney-General assumes that one of the parties to a contract will come forward, and confess that it was entered intoin contravention of the provisions of the Act. That is no answer to my contention, and, in mv opinion, the assumption is unreasonable. No one would make such an admission. The provision to which I takeexception opens a door by which rogues mav get out of their contracts by merely saying that thev are in contravention of section 5.

Mr Isaacs - If rogues have made such a contract they should not be compelled" to adhere to its terms.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The AttorneyGeneral is providing an escape from itsobligations for the roguish element in our commercial life, because, when a party toa contract does not wish to carry it out, because the market has fallen, or has risen, he can dissolve it by saying it is in contravention of section 5 of the Australian Industries Preservation Act.

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