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Thursday, 15 July 1915

Senator BAKHAP (Tasmania) . - I formally move -

That the Bill be recommitted for the consideration of clause 2.

I propose to move to make the proposed new section read as follows.: - 51a. (1) When the High Court lias decided on plaint made to it by the Commonwealth that the industry or. business of producing, manufacturing, or supplying any specified goods, or of supplying any specified services is the subject of a monopoly detrimental to the Commonwealth, the Parliament shall have power to make laws for carrying on the industry or business or specified service by or under control of the Commonwealth, and acquiring -for that "purpose, on terms to "be arranged by arbitration, any property used in connexion with the industry, business, or service.

(2)   This section shall not apply to any railway, tramway, power, water, lighting, or marine transport service carried on by the Government of a State, or any public authority constituted under a State.

(3)   The Government of a State or -any public authority constituted under a State shall not acquire by forced purchase, Or take over compulsorily, any commodity produced or manufactured within "the boundaries of the State.

(4)   The Government of a State or any pub- lie authority constituted under a State shall not, by virtue of its possession- or administration of any railway, tramway, or marine transport service, wilfully impede -the free passage of commodities between the people of the States and Territories of the Commonwealth.

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