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Tuesday, 31 August 1920

Mr GREGORY (Dampier) .- At first sight, I was inclined to support the amendment, so that lawyers should be excluded from the Courts entirely, but I find that' the section provides that neither party shall be represented by counsel, except with the consent of the other party. To such a provision, what exception can be taken ? Surely the parties know their own business better than we do. We provide a Court, and say that the lawyer shall not enter it unless both parties are agreeable. Surely that is all we need do. If the employees desire the assistance of a lawyer, and the employers are agreeable to the appearance of counsel, the matter is one entirely for them to decide. It would be unjust for us to interfere. Therefore I must vote against the amendment.

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