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Wednesday, 4 December 1974
Page: 3091

Senator COLEMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Attorney-General. I draw his attention to the practice exercised by Gordon and Gotch (Australasia) Ltd, in Western Australia at least and probably in other States as well, whereby it compels newsagents to accept magazines and paperback books which are not ordered and a number of which are definitely pornographic. I also draw his attention to the intimidatory tactics now being used by this same firm with the threatened withholding or non-processing of returns, and cancellation of agencies. As the State Unsolicited Goods and Services Act affords inadequate protection for newsagents subjected to this treatment, will the Attorney-General assure the Senate that the Trade Practices Commission is alerted to, and will take immediate action on, this and other trade practices which are direct contraventions of at least sections 45 and 47 of the Trade Practices Act?

Senator MURPHY -I will refer the matter to the Trade Practices Commission. I think it is undesirable, in view of the reference to the particular firm and the sections of the Act, that I say any more than that I will have the matters investigated by the Trade Practices Commission or my Department.

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