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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - I move -

That the following new clause be added: - " 14. Section 40a of the principal Act is amended by omitting from paragraph (b) the word 'specified,' (second occurring)."

The section proposed to be amended reads -

The Court . . . may . . . -

(b)   assign to the Board ofReference the function of allowing, approving, fixing, determining, or dealing with in the manner and subject to the conditions specified in the award or order, any specified matters or things which under the award or order may require from time to time to be allowed, approved, fixed, determined, or dealt with by the Board.

The word " specified," where it is employed for the second time, has been found to create a technical difficulty, for the reason that a question may arise over a matter not specified in the assignment of functions to the Board of Reference. It is impossible to foresee, when a Board of Reference is being appointed, all the matters which will arise under the award and which should be dealt with by the Board. The. purpose of the omission of the word " specified," therefore, is that the Board of Reference shall have wider functions, and that it shall not be necessary, when appointing a Board of Reference, to specify all the matters and things with which it may deal.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

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