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Wednesday, 14 August 1974
Page: 898

Senator LAUCKE (South Australia) - Mr Chairman,I seek further elucidation of this aspect. The Attorney-General (Senator Murphy) has said that price fixing is to be outlawed forthwith. There are in industry associations which operate under a uniform price level; these associations in many instances have been in existence for many years. Does the AttorneyGeneral say that those associations will be disbanded immediately, that there is to be no time for a recasting of their operations as associations? I would like that to be clarified because this clause appears to me to be singling out certain industries for which price fixing will be outlawed forthwith, that no time at all is to be allowed for those given industries, which may operate through an association of common interest to have any discussions as to how they can vary or cease their operations.

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