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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 47

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. I ask him whether the Government condones the making of a retail price maintenance agreement between private business houses and government-owned trading instrumentalities. I also ask: When is the making of a retail price maintenance agreement in the public interest?

Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - The Government's policy with regard to resale price maintenance has been made explicitly clear by the amendments which were made to the Trade Practices Act in early 1971. Those amendments were passed by this chamber, as I understand it, with enthusiastic endorsement. The proposals make the practice of resale price maintenance unlawful. Means are provided by which persons who are subjected to this unlawful practice can obtain injunction from the court or, in appropriate cases, can obtain damages. That is the policy of the Government with regard to this matter, and it is clear. If the honourable senator has a particular question, I suggest that he provide me with the details and I will give him the best answer I can. I am sure he will appreciate that the somewhat hypothetical situation which he gives to me te not easy to answer without having more detail added to it.

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