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Thursday, 21 August 1902


Sir JOHN QUICK (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Trade and Customs,upon notice -

1.   Is it true that the Customs authorities habitually refuse to pass goods imported in case, when any firm informs them that it has the sole agency at theport of importation for such goods, and guarantees the department against claims for damages ? 2.Is it true that such authorities sometimes refuse to pass goods on the ground that they are prohibited imports under State laws, being infringements of trade marks, when, in truth and fact, such goods are not introduced in infringement of trademarks, but are the true andbon? fide production of the original owner of such trade marks, and that such alleged infringements are mere pretences put forward at the instance of persons and firms who claim exclusive local agency ?

3.   Is it true that the Customs authorities have refused to pass entries for the delivery to importers of true and bon?fide Dunlop tyres on the pretended ground that there has been an infringement of trade marks law, whereas there has been no such infringement, and the importation has been stopped merely in the interest of certain firms who claim exclusive local agency?

4.   Will the Minister cause a searching inquiry to be made as to the manner in which State trade marks laws have been improperly applied ?







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