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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Debate resumed from 26th November (vide page 3312), on motion by Mr. Snedden -

That the Bill be now read a second time.

Upon which Mr. Whitlam had moved by way of amendment -

That all words after "That" be omitted with a view to inserting the following words in place thereof: - " this House notes with approval that, in response to public pressure, the Government has introduced this limited Bill but deplores: -

(1)   the Government's failure to hold,a referen dum, as unanimously recommended by the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review in its reports presented to the House on 1st October 1958' and 26th November 19S9 to give the Parliament power to make comprehensive national laws with respect to restrictive trade practices; and

(2)   its abandonment of a substantial part of the proposals of the former Attorney-

General, for legislation on restrictive trade practices and monopolies, as outlined to the House on 6th December 1962 particularly with respect to resale price maintenance, persistent price cutting, monopolisation and mergers."

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