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Wednesday, 16 November 1910

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) .- I think that this is a measure which should meet with the hearty approval of the Senate. The only point on which I felt somediffidence was in regard to paragraph d of proposed new section 112, to which Senator Millen has referred. But after the straightforward statement of the Minister I think that the Senate ought to be satisfied. We all recognise that Australia will become a great exporting country. No precaution we take ought to be considered too extreme to see that our exports shall go out to the world in the best possible condition. We must always expect that a measure of this kind will be administered in a sane manner. It gives very large powers to the Minister, but I feel sure that they will not be used in an extreme manner except when that is absolutely necessary. Cases have come under my cognisance which show that additional powers are required. A great industry in Victoria is suffering from the want of sufficient power of search. I congratulate the Government on bringing in the Bill, antitrust that it will be passed by the Senate without delay.

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