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Friday, 10 November 1905

Senator PULSFORD (New South Wales) - I could not help noticing that the Minister of Defence did not think it worth his while to take up the subject of making the Bill apply to Inter-State trade. The whole of the accusations which were hurled at honorable senators on this side yesterday were to the effect that we really did not wish to repress the use of fraudulent trade marks. That was quite untrue, because we are as anxious as any honorable senators can be to put down fraud, and I am taking the first step this morning to enable the Minister to have increased powers. If the title of the Bill remains as at present, the Minister's hands will be tied, however undesirable the proceedings may be that are taking place under his very nose ; and I cannot understand why he does not at once accept the suggestion. The idea mooted by Senator Macfarlanes, that the title should refer to fraudulent importation and exportation, would also confine the Bill to external trade. If the Commonwealth has any power to repress fraudulent trade, that power should be used, not only in regard to foreign trade, but also Inter-State trade.

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