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Thursday, 2 June 1960

Mr BANDIDT (Wide Bay) .- The difficulties of the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Calwell) in this matter can be appreciated. I think it must be pointed out to him that, despite what he might say about the validity df proxies, this amendment assumes that if proxies in certain circumstances are invalid, then the company concerned shall have a reasonable period of time in which to straighten out its affairs. This amendment does not attempt to change the legal position regarding the validity of proxies. The honorable gentleman's arguments should have been raised earlier on the motion for :the second reading of the bill in this cham ber. This amendment provides purely and simply that if a proxy does have the effect outlined by the Attorney-General (Sir Garfield Barwick), then time shall be given to the company concerned to straighten out its affairs. For that reason, I think we are arguing at cross-purposes if we start now to discuss the validity of proxies in certain circumstances.

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