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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1499

Senator WRIEDT (TASMANIA) asked the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

Does, the Attorney-General recall his statement in the Senate on 9th December 1971, to the effect that legislation to put more 'bite and more strength' into the Restictive Trade Practices Act, would be prepared as soon as practicable; if so, can the Attorney General indicate what progress has been made and, in particular, whether changes are envisaged to Part 13 of the Act relating to Overseas Shipping Conferences.

Senator GREENWOOD (Victoria) (AttorneyGeneral) The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

Since 1 made the statement referred to by the honourable senator, the Government has been engaged in a comprehensive review of the restrictive trade practices legislation. As I indicated to the Senate recently (Hansard, 23rd March 1972, page 846), I hope to be able shortly to make a full statement outlining the Government's proposals for further legislation. The Minister for Trade and Industry announced on 10th March 1972 a proposal for the amendment of the overseas cargo shipping provisions in Part XII of the Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1971.

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