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Wednesday, 27 July 1921

Senator ELLIOTT (Victoria) .- I. move -

That the following -new clause he inserted to stand as clause 26a: - " No evidence "relating to the profits or; financial position of. any witness or manufacturer as to whom any complaint is made under paragraph (A)- of sub-section (1) of section 15 shall bc disclosed, except -to the Board, or published without the consent of the person entitled to the non-disclosure."

That is a similar provision to section 85 of the Commonwealth Arbitration Act. Although it may be necessary to obtain certain information concerning a man's business, it- should not be disclosed when, it- may do him -injury. The- Minister (Senator Russell) has said that the Board will exercise only certain functions; but it must be remembered that. two of the members of the Board are to be business men, -who, after retiring from the Board, may be 'competitors with others, and it may suit them to have the financial position of others disclosed. The business community should be protected by a clause such as that I have moved.

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