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Thursday, 15 August 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I feel certain that Senator Chataway wishes to improve the Bill, but I would point out that every addition we make will, instead of extending the meaning of this provision, narrow it. The more we define the more we shall limit the provision. It is framed for the purpose of protecting manufacturers who have secret processes. Now, these processes arise in different ways. They arise from manual labour, from chemical action, and from other means which may be adopted to increase or improve production. But these are all covered by the provision, and the more we try to tinker with it the more we shall limit it. Therefore, in the interests of the manufacturers themselves, I ask the honorable senator not to persist with his amendment.

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