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Wednesday, 23 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - Every author of a book published in Australia must send a copy of it to the Librarian of Parliament, and if he registers his work he has to send a copy to the Registrar when applying for registration. I have circulated an amendment, numbered 40A, designed to meet the desire expressed by Senator Keating, that where, in the past, under State Copyright Acts, copies of books published in a State have had to be supplied to the State Library, the same practice shall be continued under this measure. If any Public Library, or if the Parliamentary Library, wants more copies, they ought to be paid for, and the author ought not to be expected to supply them.

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