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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3704

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for National Resources, upon notice:

Have any companies made representations to the Government to pass legislation to validate uranium price fixing agreements which could otherwise contravene:

(a)   the Trade Practices Act;

(b)   Article 85 of the Charter of the European Economic Community; and

(c)   United States of America anti-trust laws; if so, which companies.

Mr Nixon -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Government has received no representations for legislation to validate uranium price fixing agreements. However, it did receive representations from the Australian Uranium Producers' Forum and Mary Kathleen Uranium Ltd for action to prevent the obtaining of evidence for the purpose of certain legal proceedings in the United States of America based on the anti-trust laws of that country. In the light of those representations the Government introduced the Foreign Proceedings (Prohibition of Certain Evidence) Bill 1976, which was assented to on 19 November 1976.

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