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Thursday, 9 March 1972
Page: 595

Senator RAE (TASMANIA) - Has the AttorneyGeneral had the opportunity to study the report of the Law Council of Australia on uniform consumer protection legislation? Bearing in mind the very real importance of further and more effective steps to be taken to provide proper consumer protection throughout Australia, will the Minister indicate as soon as possible his attitude to the report and its recommendations?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I have not yet studied the report of the Law Council committee to which the honourable senator has referred, but I have seen extensive Press reports giving an indication of the scope of the work which has been carried out by this committee. I think that the Australian people will be greatly assisted by the implementaton of some or all of the recommendations which have been made. I use that expression because obviously the report must be given attention and I understand that that attention will be given at the meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General to be held in April.

I ought also to say that this work was initiated by the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General with the co-operation of the Law Council of Australia which voluntarily has produced a remarkable piece of work. I know that the members of that committee have applied themselves tremendously actively over the period of this operation. The Press reports indicate the quality of the work which has been produced. The Victorian Attorney-General indicated that, for the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, he was prepared to have the report printed as a parliamentary paper. It was tabled in the Victorian Parliament this week. I am quite sure that intensive study will be given to it by the Attorney-General in each State, by my Department and by myself so that we can give attention to the substance and the recommendations of the Law Council committee as soon as possible.

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