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Thursday, 23 August 1906

Senator CROFT (Western Australia) . - A number of honorable senators during the second-reading debate said that they supported the Bill because they thought it would have, the effect of dealing with trusts and would prevent dumping, though the opinion was expressed that . it would be unsuccessful in that respect. I feel quite sure that the measure will be wholly unsuccessful if the word " hereafter " is inserted. Suppose that to-morrow,' as the result of this discussion, an agent for foreign firms entered into a large contract, extending over many years, with the result of flooding the Australian market with a particular kind of machinery for the next twenty years. It might be possible under the dumping clauses to deal with such a contract ; but it is now proposed to insert a word that would enable such a thing to be done. I hope that the Senate will reject the amendment, feeling certain that it would entirely annul any good that the clause might do, or any good that the anti-dumping clauses might effect.

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