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Thursday, 15 August 1974
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Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) -I direct a question to the Attorney-General. Has the Australian Government any powers to ban the Bally Poker Machine Company from operating in Australia, as expressed by Mr Justice Moffitt in his Royal Commission report on crime in clubs? If not, will he examine the matter with a view to introducing such laws as may be necessary to ban this company from operating in this country?

Senator MURPHY (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Attorney-General) -There is no doubt that there are legislative powers over foreign corporations. In answering the honourable senator's question, I am assuming that this is a foreign corporation although there may be some subsidiary or associated companies which are technically Australian companies. The report of the Royal Commission was received by my Department yesterday. I have it here with me but I have not had a chance to read it. I am not able to inform the honourable senator whether any action can be taken by this Government under the existing laws. For the most part the laws covering companies are State laws. Certainly there are various ways in which proceedings might be instituted to restrain any unlawful conduct on the part of corporations. However, I think it would be better that the report be fully examined by me before I suggest whether, or what, action could be taken by this Government.

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