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Wednesday, 4 July 1906
Page: 1029

Mr ISAACS (Indi) (Attorney-General) - After the splendid example we Have had of voluntary conciliation, I think we can proceed to discuss the merits of the amendment. I can only say that its effect would be to reverse what we have already done, to defeat the object of the Bill, and to make an enactment that, so far from curbing the unbridled actions ofpowerful trusts, would make it penal to in anyway interfere with their operations-.

Mr Johnson - Would not the amendment make the clause more in agreement with the heading of the part to which it belongs ?

Mr ISAACS - Instead of tending to repress monopolies, it would make it a penal offence to interfere with them. Any person who did anything, or agreed to do anything, that would in any way interfere with the gratification of the all-devouring appetite of these huge trusts, would be made a criminal. That being so, I have nothing more to say.

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