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Tuesday, 6 June 1989
Page: 3474


Senator BOLKUS (Minister for Consumer Affairs)(9.09) —The Government opposes the amendment. We see it as gutting division 4 of part 5 of the legislation, a division which is geared towards protecting retailers, suppliers and consumers. The provision obliges equipment suppliers to obtain a permit before they can conduct themselves in the market. If the Opposition amendment were carried there would be inadequate regulation of the area-it would be deregulation gone wild-with consequent risk, as I said earlier, to retailers, suppliers and consumers. We see the system of accreditation as being one which is fundamental to ensuring that those interests are protected. Accordingly, we oppose the amendment.