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Tuesday, 28 November 1905

Mr WATSON (Bland) - I trust that the Committee will not insist upon any duplication of machinery in relation to this measure. It has been stated by at least some honorable members that the machinery necessary for the administration of this Bill can be provided almost entirely by the present officers in the Patents branch. To begin by appointing a lawyer as Registrar of Trade Marks, and also appointing a deputy registrar in each State, would be to bring about such a duplication of machinery as would cause the taxpayer no little alarm. I trust that the AttorneyGeneral will give the matter very serious consideration before he agrees to such a duplication.

Mr Isaacs - There is no intention to provide for such a duplication. I have simply spoken of having an office in each State, where applications might be received.

Mr WATSON - It would be very easy to arrange for the lodging of applications at one of the Commonwealth offices already in existence.

Mr McCay - That is all I asked.

Mr WATSON - The honorable member for Corangamite seems to consider that we should have a separate Department of Trade Marks in each State.

Mr Wilson - No. My chief contention is that a trained legal man should be appointed as Registrar of Trade Marks.

Mr WATSON - As a representative of the economical State of New South Wales, I must protest against these extravagant notions on the part of the representatives of Victoria - notions, which, if carried out, would tend to the detriment of the Commonwealth.

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