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Thursday, 7 December 1905

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - When the Bill was passed last year it was provided that it should come into operation on a day to be fixed by proclamation. It is still provided that the date shall be fixed by proclamation, but it must be a date not less than four months after the passing of the Bill - that period is a minimum and not a maximum. Of course, if a really valid reason be shown, I shall have no objection to a recommittal, but I do not desire to make any definite promise under the circumstances. It is quite right, however, that the amendment to substitute "workers' trade marks" for "trade union marks.," and also the amendment dealing with the " Commonwealth Trade Marks " and the " Protection of Trade Marks " should be postponed.

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