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Thursday, 19 May 1960

Mr Reynolds s asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice -

On how many occasions and in what circumstances has the Commonwealth invoked the provisions of the Australian Industries Preservation Act in respect of (a) repression of monopolies and (b) prevention of dumping?

Mr Osborne - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answer to the honorable member's question: -

The Australian Industries Preservation Act has only been invoked on one occasion in connexion with the repression of monopolies. This was in 1911 and concerned an action instituted by the Commonwealth against certain coal mine and interstate shipping companies who, it was alleged, entered into an express contract in relation to interstate trade and commerce with intent to restrain that trade and commerce to the detriment of the public. With regard to the implementation of this statute in relation to the prevention of dumping it has not been used since 1921 when the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act 1921 was assented to. Before 1921 there is no record of its actual implementation to prevent dumping but it is known that difficulty was experienced during that period in ascertaining satisfactory evidence of the " intent " factor as provided for in section 19 (1) of the act. However, action has been taken on many occasions to invoke the Customs Tariff (Industries Preservation) Act to deal with cases concerning dumping of imported goods.

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