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Tuesday, 28 August 1906

The CHAIRMAN - I understand the honorable senator to raise this question in view of a recent ruling relating to the States' railways. This is not, I think, an analogous case.

Senator Millen - The question is whether it is relevant.

The CHAIRMAN - I think that the Minister is entitled to refer to the question of coupons being granted by a firm, because they are, to all intents and purposes, rebates.

Senator PLAYFORD - I do not wish to take up the time of the Committee. I only gave that case as an illustration. I do not pretend for a moment that coupons would come within the purview of the provision. I only wish to emphasize the point that in their nature rebates are vicious. I pointed out that the rebates granted under the coupon system were vicious, and eventually were prohibited by the State, because of the vice connected with them.

Senator Guthrie - Not by all the States.

Senator PLAYFORD - I do not know whether all the States have taken that step, but I do know that South Australia did, because the system was a nuisance. The persons who were supposed to be getting an advantage really had to pay the money out of their own pockets. We agree to the insertion of this paragraph in the clause.

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