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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 898

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesLeader of the Government in the Senate, Attorney) (General and Minister for Customs and Excise) - The situation is precisely as I stated it before. Price fixing arrangements would be outlawed forthwith although the rest of the arrangements referred to would be deferred for 4 months. That is the effect of the amendments. It is as simple as that. Proposed sub-clause (6) provides for the appointment of members of the Commission notwithstanding that various parts of the legislation are not yet to come into force.

Senator Greenwood - What is the reference to clause 88?

Senator MURPHY - That is a convenient way to describe price arrangements for which there is no authorisation. That is a draftsman's device for defining the particular agreements which will not be excepted in their delay; in other words, those agreements will be outlawed forthwith.

Senator Greenwood - That is, new agreements which are to be made?

Senator MURPHY -The honourable senator will see this in clause 88 (2); that is, price agreements for which there is no authorisation.

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