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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I could not, without notice, answer a question of that kind. I do not know what the office will cost. But I may inform the honorable senator that there is in existence at the present time an office for registering copyrights.

Senator Chataway - What does that office cost?

Senator McGREGOR - I could not tell the honorable senator. If he asks the question to-morrow I shall give him the information.

Senator Chataway - Before the Bill is reported ?

Senator McGREGOR - Before it is finally dealt with. I do not anticipate that the establishment of this Copyright Office will involve much additional expenditure unless there should be a very great increase of copyright business. I think we may assume that in reference to copyright progress in Australia will be slow, as it has been in other countries. I do not think it- will be possible for honorable senators opposite to quote the establishment of a Copyright Office as an instance of Federal Labour extravagance.

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