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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1732

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) -I direct a question to the Attorney-General as the Minister administering the Trade Practices Act, a new version of which came into operation on 1 October this year. Does the Minister recall my recent approach to him concerning allegations of breaches of the Trade Practices Act in respect of practices in Tasmania in relation to the production and processing of certain types of farm produce and also in relation to buying practices in stock saleyards? Can the Minister indicate to the Senate the means to be provided to detect or otherwise to bring to notice offences under the Act, and also the means to be employed to examine instances of offences under the Act?

Senator MURPHY -The Trade Practices Act provides for the institution of proceedings either by the Attorney-General or by the Trade Practices Commission, and the Senate may recall the various other provisions in the Act. Normally it would be done in either of these 2 ways. That means that where evidence is brought to the attention of the Attorney-General's Department or directly to the Trade Practices Commission, investigations can take place by the officers of the Department or of the Commission, and if it is demonstrated that there is a breach of the Act various proceedings can be instituted. Also, there is the opportunity for private persons who have been damaged by breaches of the Act to institute proceedings.

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