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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister for Works and Railways) . - I ask the honorable member not to press the amendment. If it were carried, section 11 of the principal Act would read -

There shall be a Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration which shall be a Court of Record, and shall consist of a President and two assessors to be appointed by the respective parties to the dispute.

It will thus be seen that under this amendment the assessors would be incorporated as part of the Court itself. Instead of providing that assessors shall be called in to deal with any particular dispute, the amendment would make them a component part of the Court.

Mr Gregory - Section 35 gives all that power.

Mr GROOM - I was about to mention that section 35 provides that -

The Court shall on the application of any original party to an industrial dispute, and may without such application at any stage of the dispute, appoint two assessors for the purpose of advising it in relation to the dispute, and the assessors shall discharge such duties as are directed by the Court, or as are prescribed.

Thus both the President of the Court and the parties to a dispute have power under the Act to secure the appointment of assessors to advise the Court.

Mr Bruce - Does this amendment propose to give the assessors equal powers with the presiding Judge in arriving at the decision of the Court?

Mr GROOM - It would make them part of the Court itself, so that every reference in the Act to ' ' the Court" would mean a Court constituted of a Judge and two assessors. That is a fatal objection. I think it would assist the Court to have two assessors, but that is a matter for the Judge himself to determine, in connexion with any dispute before him. The Government have announced on several occasions that the Act in its entirety is to be reviewed at a later stage.

Mr Gregory - That was promised two years ago.

Mr GROOM - Quite so, but we have not had all the industrial powers we desire. A Bill to amend the principal Act is not only a hardy annual, but a promising one.

Proposed new clause negatived.

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