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Thursday, 25 November 1971
Page: 3778


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Where and when have there been meetings of the Standing Committee of Commonwealth and Stale Attorney-General since February 1971.

(2)   What matters were considered at each meeting.

(3)   What stage has now been reached in the attempt to secure uniform laws on the matters listed in the answer by the Attorney-General before last on 30th October 1970 (Hansard, page 3156).


Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Attorney-General has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Melbourne, 5th and 6th July 1971; Hobart, 28th and 29th October 1971.

(2)   The proceedings of the Standing Committee are confidential. However, I am at liberty to disclose that the following matters were considered at the two meetings referred to in Part 1 of this answer:

At Melbourne on 5th and 6th July 1971 -

(a)   Regulation of the provision of unsolicited goods and services.

(b)   Proposals by The Law Council of Australia that the Commonwealth and Stale Governments participate in a feasibility study of the possible use of computers as an aid to the administration of the law.

(c)   Regulation of the establishment and use of data banks.

(d)   Interstate enforcement of .fines against com- . panics.

(e)   Recognition of custody orders made in other countries, particularly New Zealand.

(f)   Sixth Interim. Report of the Company Law Advisory Commitee relating to share hawking.

(g)   Proposal by the New South Wales AttorneyGeneral that he ask the New South Wales Law Reform Commission to undertake a complete review of the fundamental principles of company law.

(h)   Accounts and audit provisions of the companies legislation with particular reference to directors' responsibilities.

(i)   Definition of an interest in shares in the amending companies legislation.

(j)   Increase in fees payable under the companies legislation.

(k)   Proposal that a company incorporated in an Australian State or Territory be permitted to carry on business in any other State or Territory without the need to register as a foreign company.

0)   Fifth Interim Report of the Company Law Advisory Committee relating to the control of fund raising, share capital and debentures.

At Hobart on 28th and 29lh October 1971-

(a)   The practice of pyramid selling.

(b)   The admission in evidence of information stored in computers in the ordinary course of business.

(c)   Fifth Interim Report of the Company Law Advisory Committee relating to the control of fund raising, share capital and debentures.

(d)   The establishment of a body lo consider the need for legislation relating to unit trusts, mutual funds and syndications.

(e)   Proposal that a company incorporated in an Australian Stale or Territory be permitted to carry on business in any other State or Territory without the need to register as a foreign company.

(3)   See the answer to Question No. 2466.







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