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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2593

Senator BYRNE (Queensland) -The Australian Democratic Labor Party on the occasion that the original Trade Practices Bill was before the Senate thought fit and proper that it should receive adequate consideration. For that matter, it agreed to adjourn consideration of the Bill until early in the parliamentary sittings next year. The Government immediately proceeded to introduce a second Bill, the Trade Practices Bill 1973 (No. 2). The original Bill is somewhat changed but this Bill is substantially the same measure as the first. We see no reason why we should vary the attitude that we took on that occasion. What prompted us to take that attitude was that that Bill and now this Bill- substantially the same Bill- can effect major transformations in relation to the ebb and flow of Australian commercial life and the traditional practices within the community. They are of vast consequence and have very vast implications.

There are people affected and we think in these circumstances that those who might find justifiable cause for complaint or unjustifiable cause for complaint and who wish to put their propositions for consideration before parliamentarians or before political parties should have the opportunity of doing so in a matter of such far reaching consequence. It was for that purpose that the previous Bill was laid aside. It would be for the same purpose that, in our opinion, this Bill should be laid aside. For that reason, we sup- port the proposal that this Bill be similarly de- f erred.

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