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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) - As. a layman I have every sympathy with the amendment proposed by the honorable and learned member for Angas, and unless the AttorneyGeneral has something up his sleeve, I cannot see any reason why he should refuse to accept it. In all our legislation we should aim at simplicity. By so doing we shall save an enormous amount of litigation.

Mr McCay - That sound's like heresy.

Mr WILSON - No doubt it is heresy to the legal profession, but we have to consider not the legal profession, but the interests of the general public. I should like to read to the Committee the definition of " trade mark," which is. contained in Palgrave's Dictionary of Political Economy. It is as follows : -

The term " trade mark " denotes a distinctive mark or device, showing that the article to which it is affixed is manufactured or sold by a certain house or firm. By recent statutes a trade mark must consist of or contain at least one of the following essential particulars -

It then repeats practically the provisions of clause 16 of the Bill under consideration. To m,v mind, no harm can result from the adoption of the amendment. I would further point out that this Bill is not intended to benefit any particular section of the com.munity. Its provisions can be availed of bv everybody. No matter how poor a man may be, he is at liberty to register a trade mark, so long as this Bill is confined to the true purposes of such a measure; but the moment we introduce the union label clauses it becomes a Bill which is intended to benefit' unionists only. _ Therefore, I trust that the amendment will be adopted.

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