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Wednesday, 20 June 1906

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) . - I notice that the Minister backs down very easily, but I should like to point out that the difficulty he sees could be got over in another way. We ought not to run the risk of a person registering some design here, and then conniving with some other manufacturer not to do anything with that design for two years, while a class of goods to which that design might be attached, is imported from abroad. It would be easier if the Minister saw any difficulty in an Australian designer being able to comply with the provisions of this measure in twelve months, to provide for some Court to decide whetherthe registration should be renewed. We have a right to protect the Australian people from foreign designers of any description.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment (by Senator Sir Josiah Symon) agreed to -

That the following words be added - " Provided that if such design is used in any manufacture abroad, the period aforesaid shall be limited to six months."

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 29 and 30 agreed to.

Clause 31 (Remedies for infringement of designs).

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