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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3042

Mr FIFE (Fairer) (Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs) - I do not want to go over all that I said in my second reading speech or in response at the end of the second reading debate but I want to reiterate one thing and that is that there have been representations made by groups other than the IBM company. Representations have been made by people other than those engaged in the computer industry. The other point I want to make very clear to the Committee is that the provision before the House to which the honourable member for KingsfordSmith (Mr Lionel Bowen) objects, provides only for the parties to limit liability. It does not make it encumbent upon anybody to enter into such an arrangement. I am sure the honourable member for Kingsford-Smith did not wish to imply that but he did give me the impression that that could have been in his mind.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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