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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Senator DRAKE (Queensland) . - There is, I think, one title which would correctly describe every part of the. Bill, the whole of which has to do with the operations of trade. The Bill affirms that under certain circumstances the operations of trade shall be restricted, because, in consequence of rings or monopolies, there may be a danger of those operations being injurious to Australian industries. In regard to the dumping clauses, it is suggested that trade, if left free and unrestricted, might also be injurious, and, therefore, I suggest the title, " Trade Restriction." The whole object of the measure is, under certain circumstances, to restrict trade, and we cannot imagine any title which, would describe every operation that may take place. This Bill admittedly is a preventative measure, to come into operation whenever some danger threatens any particular industry, and, as I say, it seeks to restrict trade under certain circumstances. I make this suggestion in reply to the challenge of the Minister of Defence for a comprehensive and correctly descriptive title.

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