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Tuesday, 6 September 1960

Mr Ward d asked the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   When did he first announce that it was the intention of the Government to take legislative action in respect to monopolies and restrictive trade practices?

2.   When is it expected that the Government will be in a position to introduce the proposed legislation?

Sir Garfield Barwick - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The honorable member's recollection is much at fault. The first announcement on this matter was made not by me but by His Excellency the Governor-General who, in his speech on 8th March, I960, in opening the Parliament said -

The development of tendencies to monopoly and restrictive practices in commerce and industry has engaged the attention of the Government which will give consideration to legislation to protect and strengthen free enterprise against such a development.

2.   As the honorable member well knows it is not customary to use the answer to a question in this House as the vehicle for a statement of Government policy.

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