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Wednesday, 30 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR(South Australia -Vice-President of the Executive Council [9.50]. - I move -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

This is a very short Bill, and I move the second reading this evening for the convenience of honorable senators in ordertha they may have an opportunity to consider it, and come here at a subsequent sitting prepared to carry it into law. The objectis to amend the present Designs Act and bring it into harmony with our amendment of the Trade Marks and Patents Acts. The principle of the existing proposal is to makethe Designs Act applicable to the Territory of Papua. We have already made the Patents Act and the Trade Marks Act applicable to the Territory. It is advisable that our legislation regarding such industrial affairs as trade marks, patents, and designsshould he uniform. A short amendment of t he existing law is desired in the direction of extending the time during which a design, shall be the property of any individual registering it. We propose to provide for three periods of five years each. At the close of each period of five years of course a fresh application for registration will be necessary, and the applicant will have to pay the necessary fees. These are the principle objects of this amending legislation. I think it will convenience honorable senators if I move the second reading now If it is considered necessary, any member of the Senate may move the adjournment off the debate.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

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