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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr WILSON (Corangamite) - I agree with the honorable member for Parramatta that this Bill and the PatentsAct should come under the immediate control of the law officers of the Crown. I do not desire to reflect on the present Minister of Trade and Customs, but I think that no occupant of that office, unless he be a legal man, would be able to satisfactorily administer these measures. Therefore I move -

That the words " Minister of Trade and Customs, ot other the Minister for the time being administering the Department of Trade and Customs " be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "Attorney-General."

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - -The AttorneyGeneral is recognised in the definition clause.

Mr WILSON - I think that the measure should be administered by him. When we come to deal with clause 11, I shall move, to provide that some one other than the Commissioner of Patents shall be Registrar of Trade Marks, because, as those who have gone thoroughly into the matter are aware, any number of technical and legal points will have to be settled, with which it will be very difficult for a layman to deal. c

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