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Thursday, 2 December 1965

Dr MACKAY (Evans) .- It seems to me to be completely fatuous to describe as a Star Chamber method something that is provided for in the uniform company laws in Australia.

Mr Irwin - That has nothing to do with it. The honorable member does not know what the clause means.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! I suggest that private debates cease. We have a number of amendments and clauses still to be dealt with. It would be of assistance to the Committee if speakers were allowed to address the Committee without constant interjections and private debates.

Dr MACKAY - What does it have to do with a star chamber to require members, whom we have agreed to be businessmen of substance, when sitting on a Tribunal, to make to the President of that Tribunal precisely the same disclosure which they make to the secretary of the board of every public company on which they sit? That information is no more likely, indeed far less likely, to leak - to use the euphemistic term of my honorable friend - when disclosed to the President of a Tribunal than when disclosed to the secretary of a company. I maintain that this is a completely fatuous proposition and naturally I support the amendment.

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